The sculpture started with a doodle based on the tradition of the Peruvian retablo.
Retablos are decorative boxes with doors that open and close. They are painted with flowers and leaf forms and house scenes of daily life or religious events. The
Mexican retablo is likely to depict the skeletons from Day of the Dead.
I knew I wanted to talk about death and I chose to speak in the format of the retablo.
There is en element of joy about them that can't be denied. I wanted the skeleton (death) outside the box, watching or reaching in. But I had no idea what he was watching or reaching for. I knew that if I started to build, eventually that part would come to me.