Like words, materials have their own language that is desperate to be heard. I've incorporated a variety of mediums and techniques into my work such as wood, plastic, fibers, ceramics and metals, as well as natural dyeing processes, knitting, and crocheting. My strong connection with materials has allowed me to gi… Read More
Like words, materials have their own language that is desperate to be heard. I've incorporated a variety of mediums and techniques into my work such as wood, plastic, fibers, ceramics and metals, as well as natural dyeing processes, knitting, and crocheting. My strong connection with materials has allowed me to give life to my most abstract inspirations, synchronizing their conceptual meanings with the infinite possibilities offered by materials to create new surfaces.
Ever since I was a kid, I've had a particular interest in cultural traditions and how the knowledge and skill of craft and artisanal techniques is perpetuated through human hands. That interest, combined with an innate curiosity and a love for constantly learning, pushed me to immerse myself in the world of textiles, alternative materials, and metalsmithing.
I constantly find myself inspired by the ephemerality of nature, and I aim to materialize the effortless beauty found in the transition between the life and death of the mundane. I create pieces and surfaces with organic materials from my homeland of Colombia, like fruit-peel quilts and tree-bark tapestries. The smells and the textures feel like having a material piece of memory that reminds me of home.
I became fascinated with the power of materials, such as the delicacy of textiles, to convey a message. Textiles can interact with human beings on different levels; something as simple as one-of-a-kind home decor objects that I craft using upcycled materials; or something as complex as a conceptual garment that I created to represent the muffled voice of a group of mothers who have lost their children to suicide, titled “Pain Shared, Pain Diluted”
I try to find the potential of each and every material, and to consider its texture, aging process, and how it interacts with the human touch and responds to light or darkness. The interaction between these materials and the human body give me a new vision that conceives them as part of a whole: each piece acts as an extension of the human being, both of its body and emotions, recognizing the skin in particular as a surface that, like any material, asks to be explored as the primary medium. I firmly believe that exploring these concepts across different mediums and scales can bring about the most magical and unpredictable results. Read Less