California based sculptor, Krisztianna, creates these eerily exquisite Day of the Dead inspired mounted female heads after coming home from her day job as an Art Director at an advertising agency. She calls the heads Muertitas, recalling the importance of the Day of the Dead culture to her and her family when she was growing up. Kristztianna says, “Birth, death, and rebirth are all fascinating concepts, and the the art of the sugar skull is a powerful visual that helps me express my joy of life and respect of finality.”
Driven by a fascination with storytelling, each Muertita represents a season captured by the crowning floral arrangements surrounding each face. The sculptures are made from a mix of styrofoam, paper maché, wire, clay, wood, acrylic, synthetic flowers, twine, pins, glue, sealant, screws, and as Kristzianna says, “lots of love.”
View more of Kristzianna’s work and information about the Muertitas at krisztianna.com. Photographic prints of the pieces featured above are available on Society6!
[Photography by Chris Rigg. Spotted by medical illustrator, David Cheney]
If you’re interested in the Day of the Dead head over to the Street Anatomy Store to see the wallpaper by Anatomy Boutique featuring the iconic sugar skull in gold on emerald and charcoal.