Relationship: Child of im/migrant
skeletons made of caramel sugar
skeletons made of caramel sugar

The object I decided to post is a skeleton mummy made out of candy. This small work of art was purchased in Guanajuato, Mexico. During a trip to Guanajuato My boyfriends family and I visited a museum with mummies. It was so crazy to see how these mummies have been preserved without any wrapping. Some of their hair and clothes were still on them. Prior to seeing these mummies I had no idea mummies existed outside of Egypt. I feel like mummies are always connected with egypt. I thought it was so interesting that Mexico has their own mummy museum; some have been there for two centuries. This small statue is made out of some type of honey sugar. I have tried my best to keep it intact in my dad's glass cabinet. Every time I see it I'm reminded of the rich culture that Mexico offers that is often overlooked due to the focus on violence. I chose this object as a representation of migration because I have some family from Mexico that often come back and bring us candy and treats even smaller sugar statue art pieces. To me these little things that my family and friends bring back from Mexico are ways that we hold on to culture even though it's such a small act. Growing up I had an uncle who would go to Mexico every December and return in February with treats and trinkets. To me this small act of gifting things that remind my parents of their culture was a tradition. 

Place(s): Guanajuato
Year: 2019

– Rebecca

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