Zapateado de los Muertos (2010)


Melanie Cervantes
20 x 26 inches
6-Color, Hand made, Screen print Heavyweight Archival Art Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA, 2010

Growing up in the South Bay of Los Angeles I learned about the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos from community leaders at my junior college. Each year a group of students would drive to East L.A. for Self Help Graphics annual celebration. Great musicians and culture bearers were present each year. One year in particular, my last year living in Los Angeles, the band Quetzal was performing. The lead singer, Martha Gonzales, was striking in both her vocal performance and her zapateado dance on the tarima. Half of Martha's face was painted as a skeleton to remind the audience that death is the other side of life and that it is something we all inevitably face.

This print is an homage to Martha as a culture bearer. The print is one in a series that I am creating to honor the bad ass mujeres whose music inspires my creativity and vision.