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¡ Feliz días de los muertos!

¡Feliz días de los muertos a todos!

Sugar skull, 2012.



Skeleton Woman

Rico Dovey, a talented artist and musician as well as beautiful friend, made this gorgeous video for the Días de Los Muertos celebration at Images Cinema a few weeks ago.  You can see some of his other works on YouTube.

Skeleton Woman Skeleton Woman 

About this video:

“An adaptation of an Inuit folktale for Los Dios de los Muertos using largely images painted by Viola Moriarty.”



More Photos from Los Días de Los Muertos celebration, courtesy of Tim Cooley

These beautiful photos are from my good friend, Tim Cooley!


Making Our Bones: Work session #4

Today Arla and I completed the large mixed media piece–primarily bones and paint.  For lots of details on our collaboration, google ARla K. Foster, go to her wordpress blog and check out the work so far.  While you’re at it, check out Ricardo Olvera, the third in our collaborative triad.  Last night I added the final touches to our “Artists’ Statement”, a three person self-portrait begun by Ricardo in Nevada, continued by ARla, and now completed by me.  I believe as I type this, Arla may already have the photos up.

The bone sculptures, the artist statement, the swords, and the big piece will all be on view at the Bennington Arts’ Guild from Nov 17 through the end of December.  Nov 20, from 5-8 will be the artists’ reception at the Guild.  More info and photos to come.

I’m so busy working on everything I haven’t had time to sit down and communicate the process, but I have been keeping journal notes and ARla’s been taking photographs.  It’s an exciting collaboration and has me re-reading my dog-eared copy of Women Who Run WIth The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  I recommend the rest of you wild women re-read yours again, too.

I haven’t even measured this yet, but it’s something like 3 feet by 7 or 8 feet.


Los Días de los muertos: Artist’s reception at Images Cinema in Williamstown, Mass

Anna and Phoebe’s dance rocked the house!  Katie Armstrong’s film, “When it all goes White” sent us all deep inside ourselves, and Rico Dovey made us weep from his film which retells the story of the skeleton woman.  It was a fun celebration of the Days of the Dead followed by a great party and fire with green chile at Peter’s next to the cemetary. Peter, Jon, Anna, Phoebe and I closed the night with a cemetary walk.  I don’t know if anyone took photos at the after events, but here are somesnaps from the reception at Images, thanks to good friend and photog Charly Bargamain!


Los Días de los muertos: Sugar Skulls

This year’s sugar skulls are the most beautiful ever!  Anna, Phoebe, Jon and Arla definitely outdid themselves!


Making Our Bones, weeks 1 and 2 — the process begins

As Arla Foster and I begin our work on the “Making Our Bones” exhibit for the Bennington Arts Guild in honor of Los Días de los muertos, we have been utilizing a variety of material, both spiritual and physical.  Stay tuned as we both write about the process of this work and our collaboration with each other and Ricardo, who is thousands of miles away.

viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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