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Artist Statement 

At the age of twelve I moved from La Paz, Bolivia to Whitehorse,Yukon in the middle of winter. 
This move and life shift changed my perception of “self” in many ways and hence has become a focus in my work. 

I like to combine formal elements of drawing, painting and sculpture in ways that best serve the ideas I have around the topics of zoomorphism and anthropomorphism.  
I am constantly pursuing new “forms” within these concepts. The materials in the studio become a means to satisfy the need of the “forms” to emerge in the two dimensional or three dimensional plane.  
Sometimes a two dimensional work satisfies. Lately, figures that satisfy the need to sculpt, paint, draw and attach all in the same object have emerged, and still, they demand more and more experimentation.

My work is informed by my interest in magical realist literature: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Coelho, C.S. Lewis among others as well as Greek mythology, medieval illuminated manuscripts and the memories of Bolivian folklore, legends, costumes, people and places dear to my heart in that far away land I called home in my formative years. 
In the last few years I have been exploring ideas of immigration and migrations both human and animal. The anthropomorphic forms:.AntroFish (half human, half fish) and Ornithrope (Half human, half bird) have become the perfect vessels for the exploration of these ideas. They serve as  “carriers” of all the things I associate with immigration and migration. 

I metaphorically recount these explorations through these figures and tell the viewer the story I know best: my own