DescriptionSome people believe the spirits of the dead eat the 'spiritual essence' of the ofrenda food, so even though the celebrators eat the food after the festivity, they believe it lacks nutritional value.Having lived in Mexico as a small child I have always been fascinated by 'the Day of the Dead' and the joy with which the skeleton and skull images are used. The idea of a sweet sugary treat wrapped in such a morbid image appeals to me emenselyThis is my interpretation of the Day of the Dead. The spiritual essence of the 'ofrenda' or offering is reflected in the slight red inside the rib cage approximately where the heart would be. There is still a melancholy in the spirit, as there is with death. Rituals surrounding the dead and dying are for the living, and are filled with the dichotomy of joy and sadness.I chose to do this painting in oils as apposed to my usual acrylics becuase I wanted it to not only have the depth and glisten only oils can have but also becuase I wanted more of an 'old world' feeling to this painting.
Noelle Hunt, Toronto Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Internationally-known Canadian artist Noelle Hunt works in a studio full of her muses collectible pieces of vintage kitsch. Her work, under the name WickedDollz, has been featured in magazines and celebrity homes around the world.
One reviewer wrote, "Ms. Hunt's style can best be described as "nouveau retro." Gathering inspiration from pin-up girls, big-eyed children, pity puppies and tiki bars, Noelle studies the objects of her affection and reshapes them in a modern style. Her artwork, like her personality, is delightfully unpretentious.
Noelle's early work, revolving around disturbing representations of the female form, echoed a tragic eating disorder that nearly took her life. Her recent work, however, is inspired by lighter, nostalgic things, like Big Eyed Dolls and Mattel's Liddle Kiddles, as well as newer dolls like Pullips, and Takara Blythe. Now, with tongue set firmly in cheek, she continues to express her own brand of humor and exorcise the demons. Please feel free to email with any questions or comments