My work considers the formal and conceptual spaciousness of containers (things that hold and gather like baskets and nets) as a category of object and field of experimentation. As a first generation queer Latinx artist my practice is a form of gathering across time, space, and difference; of place-making, and belonging within a polarized contemporary context that continues to reproduce colonial systems of separation and exclusion. My handmade queer containers expand traditional forms and extend function beyond utility through the use of experimental materials like mylar emergency blankets and plastic lacing. My work shimmers as it reflects and refracts light, ideas, and resonances. Shimmer, Roland Barthes suggests, is a perceptual quality that undermines binary thinking through its mutability and ongoing play of differentiation. Similarly, my fiber-based sculptures shimmer between personal and shared experience, contemplative speculation, and celebratory vibrancy.
My work invites the viewer to re-encounter and reconsider the humble container’s generous form, inclusive logic, and unlimited potential as a carrier of significance and signification.