Altar Artists

Featured in Day of the Dead Poets Slam 2016

Teaki Garcia

Teaki GarciaTeaki Garcia is an artist from Rochester, MN. Garcia was born in Methodist Hospital to a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist. She grew up on Mayowood Road and graduated from Mayo High School—always in close proximity to Mayo Brother’s Legacy. Garcia’s work consists of mixed media artworks, textiles, photography, and installation. Conceptually, Garcia generates a visual language that places herself within both the spaces of culture at large and particular spaces of her childhood.


Man and Freedom, a 28-foot, 6900-pound cast bronze sculpture by Croatian Artist Ivan Mestrovic was commissioned in 1952 by the Mayo Clinic. Man and Freedom hung on the south wall of the Mayo Clinic for 44 years, before being relocated inside the Gonda Atrium in 2001. Man and Freedom is the most powerful visual and spiritual Guardian at the Mayo Clinic.

Looking up at him towering above me as a small child, his presence inspired peace and security. His work a mirror on humanity. Man and Freedom carries the gravity of struggle, depravity and triumph. Mestrovic taught me that to all living things personal freedom is the most precious.

Karla R. Giguere

Karla GiguereEveryone knows I am not a self-proclaimed artist. I enjoy making things that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also psychologically appealing. I don’t always aim to please though, ironically, it just happens that way. At the end of the day, for me when it comes to art, sometimes, a line is really just a line and sometimes, maybe it’s not.

opening up

    floral installation

I don’t like doorknobs. I never have. My whole life I’ve made every effort to avoid touching them: I find creative ways to open doors, look for alternate exits, wait for others to open doors before or after me.. it’s unusual, but not really. I dream about being trapped in a room, alone, unable to find my way out. Sometimes I dream and see figures of what I presume to be ghosts of my grandparents, standing in a doorway to a dark room. They watch me, silently as I wonder what will happen when that door is finally shut. What then?

This installation was inspired by the many dreams I’ve had over the years which I perceive to be communications between the spirit world and our world. I am not a religious person. I am not a deeply spiritual person either. I do believe there are certain aspects of our existence that simply are inexplicable, and probably for a very good reason. On November 2nd, I typically leave my doors open. I guess maybe a part of me clings to the idea that maybe there is something else. But who knows..

Bobby Marines

Bobby MarinesBobby Marines is a working artist from Robstown, Texas, currently based in Rochester, Minnesota.

Las Estrellas Inalcanzables”

The name of my altar was inspired by an excerpt from the book “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes; it translates to “The Unreachable Stars”. I’ve often looked up at the night sky in an attempt to find a satisfying answer regarding my loved ones who’ve passed. I don’t know where they go after this life. I don’t know where they wait. But I’m always wondering.   



Angela McHugh

Angela McHughI am a Graphic Designer and Printmaker. Deathly afraid of conversation. Angela graduated from RCTC with an AFA and AS in graphic design in the Spring of 2016. *See Production Team page for Angela McHugh’s bio*


In 2014 I was diagnosed with Cancer. Although my battle still continues on this planet a part of me has died. My altar is dedicated to the loved ones who have passed. May this altar serve as a remembrance to them. And may this altar comfort those who continue to fight the battle.




Luis Enrique Cisneros Pito

Luis Enrique Cisneros PitoHello, my name is Luis Enrique Cisneros Pito. I am a student at Rochester Community and Technical College pursuing a Liberal Arts and Sciences AA, ART AFA, and Communication Studies Certificate. I was born in Uriangato, Guanajuato Mexico and moved to the U.S. when I was 8. I am currently living with my family with plans to move to Mankato in the upcoming year to pursue my Masters in Art. I enjoy being an active in RCTC’s Student Life, Senate, and campus activities. I enjoy working within a variety of mediums and art forms, from drawing and painting to ceramic work and 3D sculpture. My dreams for the future are to someday be able to teach and inspire students like my painting instructor at RCTC.

Celebrating the Colors of Life

Celebrating the colors of life is something that I want people to think about with my altar. Life is such a beautiful thing, but the loss of someone fills our life with empty greys and blacks. I want people to see that when remembering those who passed, they left us with memories that color our lives. I want people to see the beauty in remembering a life from the pink that once warmed their cheeks to the blues that shined in their eyes.

Eleanor Goldammer-Moffit

b. 1979 Richmond, VA native, Minnesota resident for twelve years.

Eleanor grew up working on cars with her father, raising a garden with her grandfather, fighting with her older brother, singing oldies tunes, being spirited, learning about how women are treated, expected to act and trying to figure out why the patriarchy was holding her on a leash. Coffee shops and cigarettes, The Smiths, Tori Amos, and the Seattle grunge movement changed her for the better in her formative years. After singing in numerous bands and working in the service industry, her twenties sent her traveling west. She attended Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, AZ; always a fan of working with her hands. She landed in the Midwest with a child and a passion to find the community that threads people together. Her time in Rochester has afforded her the opportunities to learn to weld, to share her writings with great poets, receive commissions to create chalk art for local bands and businesses, and have the great fortune of sitting around a yellow table with artists and friends of all trades. Her darling, inquisitive child, and her lovely wife Chatty Kathy, the Russian Blue barn cat, ever by her side.

Prince Altar

“I am honoured and humbled to be trusted with an altar at The Day of the Dead Poet Slam. And even more so to get the opportunity to honour such an amazing human as Prince. The altar will be somewhat sparse, to relay his quiet way of life outside of his stage presence. It will be washed in different tones of purple to show his many levels of existence and influence.  The seven candles represent one of my favourite songs, well liked by many. The picture on the candles is from Scarlett River aka Dirty Lola. Their work is fantastic and borrowed because of it’s perfect fit with this endeavor. I would like to thank Sapphire McKnight for her collaboration in the painting and her non-stop assistance while I was putting these pieces together. The records are from my personal collection, and the magazine, a birthday gift from a dear friend who understands my grief in the loss of this powerful force we all know as Prince. He taught me fluidity, passion, sex positivity, acceptance, privacy, intimacy, funk, rhythm, pop culture, and so much more. And in his passing, he has given me more of the gift that I always seek. Community. After his passing we learned so much more of each other, of him, of ourselves. I can only hope that this can bring solace and an open armed welcome to you my friend, fellow fan, fellow human.”


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