My work is a playful color exploration that, combined with organic brass shapes, seeks to evoke the joyful and carefree unrestrained interactions of those first objects we loved and called our own, and the afternoons full of play and exploration.
In the last years, my work has been evolving around the use of colorful resin stones. Infusing resin with pigments of color I created stones in colors from my memories, setting them in pieces which recreate, with a certain cartoonish playfulness, antique jewelry from which they were inspired.
That was the beginning of the work I have been doing these last few years. I now mix pigments, mica, glitter and metal dust in abstract explosions of colors that I create without a recipe and little planning. The outcome of the resin blocks, its colors and swirls, lead me to the shapes I cut. I then sand, polish and rivet these resin stones into big organic brass shapes. The brass pieces continue to be inspired by ancient jewelry, but in more abstract ways and in a deeper exploration of shapes. I now draw into the metal trying to convey the freedom of a fast sketch. Playing with the weightlessness of the resin and the substantial presence of the brass, I try to infuse each piece with the joyful and carefree unrestrain I feel while making them.
It took me two years to return after Maria, a Hurricane that destroyed my homeland. From afar I watched the desolation, a whole island destroyed, thousands without shelter, many more dead than reported. No news for weeks of loved ones, lost houses and landmarks from childhood, barren landscape where lush green used to be. And I watched with my heart in my hand. From afar. As time passed and the island struggled to recover I struggled with so many feelings. Anger at the treatment the colonial government gave the island, the denial of the death toll, the hiding of necessary supplies, the corruption with the aid. Grief at all lost, and fear. Afraid of a return to a land that I thought might be so changed I wasn't sure I was part of its collective narrative anymore. So I created to hold on, to scream, to translate my anguish of being far into objects that were my hands reaching out across the water to touch my island, my family and my friends. And as I created everything changed. An island finally awoken and screaming arose from the chaos. Chaos and struggle from years of corruption and colonialism, of climate change and economic depression. And as the streets of my city flooded with people dancing, drumming and yelling loudly their demands I created from afar, to continue being a part, to yell with them, to be heard with them. I began this work in the summer of 2019 on one hand to share what my island had been and is going through but also to reach my hands out and be a part of the changing landscapes of a place I still consider home.
All objects are wearable jewelry pieces made between 2019 and 2020 in San Diego, California and are part of a body of work titled From Afar.