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TheAppWhisperer – Portrait of An Artist – ‘Dia de los Muertos’ – Challenge Results

I am so delighted to publish our second Portrait of an Artist challenge results. The theme of this challenge was for you to recreate through a portrait or self portrait, your interpretation of the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos. We had some fabulous entries and our editor for this column, the wonderful Ile Mont, has curated and critiqued a number of them. Huge thanks to Ile and to all our artists too! (Foreword by Joanne Carter).

“To be willing and open to experience other cultures that are not ours is an act of growth, respect and learning. I am very happy and grateful to those who decided to free for a moment from any cultural barriers and put their heart and dedication to create in a very inspired way something unfamiliar and foreign.

Thank you very much for all of your submissions to our Portrait Of An Artist “Día De Los Muertos” Autumn Challenge!

Special congratulations to Lorenka Campos, Liliana Schwitter, Armineh Hovanesian, Susan Rennie, Giulia Baita and Juta Jazz’.

‘Día de los Muertos’ – Liliana Schwitter

I like this image so much. It appears to me as a very original and respectful interpretation of the Dia De Muertos celebration through the representation of the event itself and the use of important symbols. Liliana presents us two characters of different worlds, the living and the dead, reunited  in harmony (surrounded by flowers), in a cemetery. The image is a very crafted black and white composition with a subtle but definite festive presence of a single colourful flower.

‘How Dare the World Keep Spinning’ –  Lorenka Campos

This hauntingly beautiful image of Lorenka is so powerful and mesmerising. The sadness, the longing, the emptiness are all in her eyes. Many worlds can coexist in each one of us. We all carry our loved ones for eternity and they carry us with them. This dramatic and beautifully crafted portrait definitely conveys the meaning and motive of the Dia De Muertos celebration: Love binds us forever in an unbreakable tie stronger than death itself.

‘Homage to Frida’ – Armineh Hovanesian

Part of the Mexican Tradition of Día de Muertos is writing little poems, also called literary calaveras which are intended to either humorously criticise the living while reminding them of their mortality or to do a poetic remembrance of a person’s life. I think this image of Armineh is a perfect equivalent in picture of a calavera. On the other side, Armineh has chosen to depict a very important and beloved and acknowledged Mexican artist: Frida Kahlo.

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Ileana Mont Born in Mexico City, Ileana is a professional in graphic communications and advertising. She studied in San Diego, CA. in the United States and later on she returned to Mexico City where she worked as a copywriter, graphic designer and creative director for several advertising agencies, until she realized she had a more artistic calling and a very strong feeling for painting and photography. She learned about painting techniques with Mexican artist Irma Grizá and engaged in developing and combining her photography and computer graphics skills through her visual expression. She is now an independent visual artist and photographer and has been featured in some important blogs about mobile art and photography. Ileana enjoys looking for the beauty out of ordinary things and the special things of our everyday lives.