I am reintroducing this Day of the Dead altar that I created for the Loveland Museum Gallery's "Grave Matters Exhibition" in 2006 in Northern Colorado. I had framed this old photo of my mother, Blanche Kleid Zuckerman (who my altar was dedicated to) to resemble an iconic religious print of the Virgin Mary. I turned a digital copy of the old photo into a sepia tone and placed it into an old velvet frame. Día de los Muertos ofrenda altars typically employ pictures of one's loved ones who have passed, alongside religious prints and paintings. My photo of my mother served double-duty on my own altar.
I have reposted these pictures in honor of what would have been Blanche's 90th birthday earlier this week. Blanche was born December 4, 1922 in New York City and passed away from ovarian cancer on June 14, 2001 in her home in Santa Monica, California. I am so fortunate to have been with her at her bedside, holding her hand, while she slipped into the great beyond. Happy Birthday, Blanchie!!
Please join my dear friend, Rebecca Brooks at her blog for the 12 days of Mary sharing by artists around the world: Recuerda Mi Corazon. I have linked this post to Rebecca's site.
|Laurie Beth Zuckerman's "Forbidden Fruit" ofrenda installation |
was created at the Loveland Museum Gallery
as the focal piece of the 2006 Grave Matters Exhibition