DOD Featured Artist

Living Arts' Day of the Dead featured artist is Kansas City-based artist Roldolfo Marron III who will construct a site-specific installation inside the Myers gallery and work with Tulsa students to create Altars. The student altars will also be on display for the Day of the Dead event on November 1st

Rodolfo's illustrations glimpse into something very personal and reflecting on his relationships with nature, family, religion, and various cultures in an effort to decipher some sort of spirituality for himself. Inspired by individual life stories such as those of Martha P. Johnson, the drag queen who threw the shot glass heard around the world during the Stonewall Riots, Amada Cardenas, a "peyotero" from southern Texas, and Ella, an orphaned deer who resided in the Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Ella's story allowed Rodolfo to expand on this native creatures most tragic story of death through his own means of further exploring his tales of an afterlife. Works on old torn paper give this sense of something old, frail, and perhaps forgotten. Also, utilizing a number of natural materials that can be found here in the Midwest—poke berries, mulberries, walnuts and elderberries—to derive pigment offers a personal venture to understand and connect with nature by learning some of its medicinal uses, its folklore and overall importance of ease and beauty around us.