Celeste Jaime (b. 1983 Morelia, Mexico) graduated from Morelia’s Fine Art School. She develops artistic projects in the field of the graphic arts including artists’ books in Mexico. She has participated in more than 25 group exhibitions both in Mexico and in artistic forums of USA, Costa Rica, Chile, Bulgaria and Spain. She received an honorable mention in the Alfredo Zalce´s National Biennial (2007) and in the Latin-American Competition of Exlibris (2002), and her work has been selected in several bi-annual exhibitions in Mexico.
Celeste Jaime (Morelia, Mexico): Las Catrinas, 2008
Las Catrinas (fancy skeletons). The character of the fancy skeleton has become one of the most representative symbols of the day of the dead in Mexico. This image was originally created with a critical connotation towards the upper social class from the beginning of the XX Century. This image went from being a caricature representation of ladies from high society to the rich Mexican collection of images related to death. The fancy skeleton is the vision of death Mexicans keep: a playful and happy death always dressed up and ready for the fiesta. This print of las catrinas shows three skeletons covered with flowers and ornaments. The fourth one is a pregnant skeleton which symbolizes the life inside the skeleton, the continuation and eternal return to an earthly life.
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