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Three-Dimensional Works

TAMAL-ARTE An installation of over 3000 totomoxtle or corn husks individually made empty tamalitos. It is versatile and modular, creating cascading, flowing musical drapes. Depending on the desired effect, led lights and masks are optional. First shown at Somarts for Dia De Los Muertos in San Francisco, 2018. Presently, it is installed in SunnyCo Studio Gallery in San Franciso.

Corn husks, totmoxtle, installation, corn husk installation

Tamal-Arte, totomoxtle installations
Modular, Versatile, dimensions vary depending on display | 2021 

maize, raffia, led lights, and paper mache, suspended from the ceiling

In October and November of 2021, Noches Bohemias (Bohemian Nights) was a three-night celebration of Dia de Los Muertos honoring the Beat Poets with special recognition to Diane Di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Janice Mirikitani, Michael McClure, and ruth weiss. We brought our North Beach community together with poetry and music in our SunnyCo Studio Gallery on 480 Francisco Street. Martina Ayala, now executive director at the Mission Cultural Center here in San Francisco, curated the traditional Nahuatl Altar that included the Alejandra Palos sculpture in the center, with my Totomoxtle (corn husk installation) in the background. I designed and created the scrolls and portrait drawings for the other two altars and organized and designed the graphics for the event. Dennis Hearne's photographs from one of Oaxaca's Dia de Los Muertos events covered one wall. Howard Munson's handmade book stood well below a brothel of calacas. 

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