How much of people’s memories go into a discarded object?
Since I started my work as a visual artist, in 2014, the investigation into the relationship between the materials that one day were utilitarian with who used them guides my creation. I like to think that these objects, or fragments that remain of them, have the marks of time and the energy from the social relations of those who planned, fabricated, enjoyed and discarded them.
These marks guide me and inspire me to recreate these relationships in a new structure, giving visibility to what everyday life and discarding have made invisible. This transformation relates directly to the transition of my previous work experience to the current artistic creation.
As a professional graphic designer, of product and of websites for utilitarian purposes, the works created by me only became real or tactile, by the hands of others. I drew the furniture that would be carved by someone, the page to be printed by another and the website that would be programmed, published and edited by strangers. By choosing discarded materials – primarily of wood – to turn them into artistic work, I retrace that path back, creating a new social relationship. Just as the dadaism transformed ordinary objects into works of art by having it be contemplated, I desire to provide a new existence for those objects that have ceased to exist. While carefully planning where each piece will fit, the act of discarding, the action that nullifies the existence of an object, is represented with a structure that refers to the way they were found in the trash, stacked, randomly arranged. Reduced to fragments, reassembled and reorganized with a new conception of layout, balance and rhythm, these objects come to have a new meaning and visibility.