Digital and Design Artist
Skull Queen Skull Queen
Jan 2017


Pencil on paper in combination with digital drawing.
Available to buy art on line at Saatchi Gallery. For more information contact xrista.

Skulls are one of the oldest symbols of our world, rich with cultural resonance and significance. You see them everywhere, representing death, mortality, or consciousness. It has a long and varied history of use with multiple overlapping interpretations. From the origins of Aztec skull art and the Jolly Roger that was hoisted on pirate flags, to the sugar skull for Mexico's Day of the Dead, there is a wealth of history and culture behind the skull, and of course a long artistic tradition. Most commonly it is seen as a representation of death and mortality, but it has many other uses including: to celebrate the memory of the dead and life, as a symbol of vanity, life after death and change. Nowadays the skull is often used in fashion and as a pure decoration. The unique combination of “cute but bad” has been increasingly popular in recent years. It probably shares some common roots with pop surrealism. We are now seeing it used in everything from toys and dresses to wallpaper and watches. Part of the visual appeal of a skull comes from the fact that it is so easily recognizable.

My Skull Art Queen 2017 is full of romance, power and color. It was created initially with pencil on paper and finished digitally. I love creating Skulls and decorating them with butterflies, colors and flowers. Butterfly is the power of air, the ability to float upon a breeze. It is known for its darting flight; thus, it represents the mind and our ability to change it when necessary. Butterfly represents the never-ending cycle of life; they awaken a sense of lightness and joy and remind us to get up and move. Butterflies bring color and joy with them thus for this art flowers and butterflies are the main decorative elements.