During childhood I was surrounded by artists due to the fact that my mother had a gallery in the center of the city where I was born. I had a special connection with art from an early age. My toys were brushes and paint oils. Consequently, during my teenage and early adulthood moments of soul searching, loneliness and joy I would head to my room and start to create.
My love for sculpture was fueled during my university studies in architecture where I was able to explore the three-dimensional plane. I profoundly feel that sculpture allows me to be part of an area as a whole. It gives me the freedom to generate and convey different emotions through the experience of observation.
What inspires me to create are the life lessons that I’ve gotten through different experiences. I believe we are a spirit living in a body so each experience brings us spiritually to a new state of consciousness or maturity, if we are willing to see the message within them.
In my life, I have found myself walking many different paths and engaging in actions that were dictated more by what came my way and what others expected of me than my deepest and yet unspoken desires. During this time my heart barely stirred and nothing that I did awoke the passions within it.
Leaving home and coming to a new country in search of my true identity made me experience a strong and long transformation process that led me recognize the emotions as tools that sculpt and bared who I really was. Be an observer and not part of my feelings allowed me to live this process differently and recognize the beauty in each emotion.
From this learning I started to develop The SERIES OF HEARTS where I explore the symbolism of the heart and its references, feeling states, and cultural transmutations.
In this work, my sculpture becomes a canvas where I record the transformations over time that results from being transplanted into a new culture while at the same time reflecting on my own culture and heritage from this new and different place.
By transforming and playing with the traditional iconic symbol of the heart, I give new meaning to this established religious totem of my homeland, communicating its continuous longing for individual interpretation and meaning. The layering in this work is multi-informed by the traditional, the new, and also that which is uniquely personal.
While in the formal presentation of the pieces, the shape conforms to the features of a human heart, each one is simultaneously transformed and abstracted by the cause and effect of changes that create alterations.
By employing this universal symbol and taking ownership of it, I personalize its meaning and break away from cultural assumptions of what this symbol can or should stand for and I make it my own.
The objective I seek through my art is to assist the viewer in connecting with their inner world and making of this contemplation experience a moment of meditation and awakening.