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A r t i s t S t a t e m e n t
The universal human experience of moving across lands, and for the most part, unknowingly crossing paths with animal migrations peaks my curiosity.
My work explores ideas of immigration and migration both human and animal. Anthropomorphic forms such as the AntroFish figure (half human, half fish) and recently the Ornithrope (half human, half bird) are examples of vessels, in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media I use to explore the transformative effects of immigration on myself and to construct metaphorical narratives around these themes.
I moved from La Paz, Bolivia to Whitehorse, Yukon at the age of twelve, in the middle of winter. This transformative event along with my cyclical migrations between Bolivia and Canada continue to expand my perception and ideas around self, place, memory and belonging.
“Making art is my job” as multimedia artist Bill Viola puts it “it is also my practice in that it is a daily discipline based on action with the goal of greater self-awareness.” to this goal I would add, spiritual growth in that in seeking truth, which is the essence of art, we cannot but delve into our spiritual realm.