Por Vida III

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Artist Kat Moya is bringing her interpretation of the centuries-old Dia de los Muertos celebration to Junctionview Studios this weekend. "Por Vida III" glorifies life through death with art, performances and sugar skulls (Pattycake Bakery is making confections that pay sweet homage to dead loved ones).

The show's importance to Moya has grown since she started it three years ago.

"The older I get, the more often I experience the tragedy of death in my own life and around me. The only way I can find positivity in this reality," she said, is to appreciate those who are alive and honor those who have passed.

To do that, she's enlisted 25 artists such as Adam Brouillette and Thia Bella to present spirited works.

Throughout the exhibit will be evocations of Mexican folk art, where intricate patterns sweep over skeletons and brilliant colors ooze. The works are more about love than morbidity.

Kristina Isabelle and Lisa Vining will perform a dance portraying an artist returning from the dead and reflecting on her life as a dancer. Moon High and DJ Captain Lonesome will provide music again this year, and artist Brian Reaume is creating a sanctuary room installation.

"He goes above and beyond," Moya says of Reaume. "His work mesmerizes me."

"Por Vida III"

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 29-30

Junctionview Studios

889-A Williams Ave., Grandview