Delores Yonker

  • Mexican Folk Art

    The “love and death of flowers” which the Mexican poet, Carlos Pellicer terms a basic quality of his people, this juxtaposition of bloom and decay, is metamorphosed with sardonic humor in the folk arts of Mexico. Humor masks the fearful realization of the ephemeral nature of life and the imminence and omnipotence of death. The skeleton “calavera” mouths his cigar with a smug leer; two ghostly figures clad in natty evening clothes clasp arms in a casual stroll.

    Visitors to the recent excellent display of Mexican Folk Art at the Art Center in La Jolla must have been struck with the peculiar