This week Edison students will select 15 Ofrendas to travel to the museum; artists made the last touches on their memorials Wednesday morning, spending the period with glue, paint, clay and sequins in hand. Finished Ofrendas lay stacked on the counter– looking at them, you can begin to imagine what the exhibition at the museum will look like.
Students next set out to author artists’ statements. Ofrenda Project video blogs offer some insight to this process; if you or your students need help, try referring to them to look back at your thoughts throughout the project.
The Edison ofrendas run from intimate, diorama-like settings to crowded, lively shrines that look almost as if someone emptied a chest of their loved one’s belongings. Trophies, teddy bears, and programs from memorial services fill some; in others, you might find a meal laid out in a bowl the size of a thimble. It’s all testament to our students’ creativity.