You've probably seen Veronica Perez's work—like this photo print, it's so colorful and eye-catching, it pretty much stops you in your tracks at Craft Lake City, Craft Sabbath or any of the many art and craft fairs where she shows her work.
Veronica's work celebrates Mexican and indigenous cultures, so there's no better time to enjoy it than now, on the verge of Dia de los Muertos, the festival of the departed and Mexico's most beloved exported holiday.

I just got back from a trip home to Texas, and everyone I visited had their ofrenda up—an altar of Day of the Dead art like papel picado (cut paper), little retablos, sugar skulls, giant marigolds and pictures and mementos of the dearest departed. Instead of seeming macabre, it's cozy and comforting to remember and welcome loved ones who have left us in such a direct and alive way. Like this "El Beso" of Veronica's where you can still see the passion of the lovers radiating from the bones.

There's always a lot of humor in Day of the Dead art, too—images of skeletons playing in bands, getting their hair cut, playing soccer are funny, even though they recall the favorite pastimes of of the dead. Veronica captures that in her trio of punk skulls, complete with Mohawks, done in papier-mache (cartoneria, it's called in Mexico), a traditional medium for skeleton sculpture.

How cool are these guys?!

She also does smaller things, like these little skull earrings

and handmade cards so you can wish someone a happy Dia de los Muertos.

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And, of course, you can't mention Mexican art in any way anymore without the obligatory Frida. Here she is, done up like La Catrinagi, with a fancy hat: