Sculpture is a vehicle for me to physically translate time. With time, objects and images near me evolve into props and stages for plays I create. I use raw and commercial items like string and jewelry, textiles, and clay to create abstract figures and scenes. My old kitchen towels, favorite lapas* and exotic woods are my relics, symbols of my history and culture.
Material begets more material in a game-like sequence. What begins, as improvised clay sculptures become installations then photographs, collage and video. I am fascinated by generative and process art, which privileges the formation of art as a rite or ritual.
Most recently, I have been making collages like Mender—cutting and layering photographs I take of handmade objects in alter-like still lives—flattening time and space. In this way I can quickly determine the feeling of sand, the creamy pattern of a lapa, and the silhouette of one of my assembled toys. New combinations of props and backgrounds create new associations. I am curious to see what new meanings arise from each new mixture of materials. What tales do these colors and textures induce in you? Together they represent a mix of biographical and historical information like a fetish, encapsulating the spirit of family, friends, gods, domestic and tropical landscapes.
* lapa – West African wrap, skirt
uptown: nasty women/ bad hombres
El Museo del Barrio
June 13 - November 5
East Harlem, NY
Bronx Calling: The 4th AIM Biennial
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
July 22 - October 22
The Bronx, NY