I am visiting my sister, Vanessa, in Austin. I love this city, the homes are surrounded my trees and lush gardens, there are trails along the river, and lots to do outdoors. It is a quiet and inspiring place. We visited Boggy Creek Farm, where I took several of my new pieces to photograph against the beautiful rustic settings and natural surroundings.
The pieces shown here will be in my shop when I return to Mexico.
I just finished reading The Signature of all Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is a magnificent tale of a woman's quest for self-discovery, through her love affair with botany. I was deeply moved by the protagonist's hunger for knowledge and understanding, and images from the story have started to appear in my work.
My new series of signet rings are like botanical samples, or cuttings from the universe. A starry night, an orchid, a fiddlehead fern, a moth, a full moon and a rainbow. They all gather here, like stamps to seal a love letter.
You can find the entire collection of signet rings here.
I have been working on a series of jewelry pieces combining brass wire with oxidized sterling silver. The way the rich gold contrasts against the dark foreground reminds me of National Geographic images of molten lava streaming over black rocks, during a volcanic eruption. It's perhaps because of this association that my first rings feel organic.
These rings are available in my shop.
I am blessed to share paths with my soul mate Abhaya, a talented singer, songwriter, and guitar player. He fills our home with (amazing) music, and lately he has been playing a lot of old Bob Dylan songs. His lyrics and melodies bring poetic images to my mind that are making their way into my work.
Now that spring is here and the weather in Mexico City is delicious, I wake up humming Mr Tambourine Man. The chorus makes me smile. I looked up the last line in the urban dictionary, and jingle jangle describes something that is beautiful, easy, carefree, or simply wonderful. I made my latest necklaces in that spirit.
I am so grateful with Abyaha for taking these beautiful pictures.
These necklaces are now in my shop.
Many of the techniques I use to make jewelry I learnt from books or friends. Knowing how much I like to draw, my dear friend Cynthia, from Taller Serra, taught me to etch on silver using nail polish as a resist and nitric acid as an etching agent.
I begin cutting sterling silver sheet in egg shapes to continue my Beginning of the Universe series. These pictures document my etching process.
I darken the etched silver eggs using liver of sulphur (or rotten egg, as my beau calls it).
The Cityscape Cameo necklace is for sale here.
You can find these one-of-a-kind necklaces for sale here.
I once bought a large, antique frame in a flea market. It was going to hang in my store with a mirror in it, but it never quite fit, so the frame sat empty above our living room bookshelf. One day, fed up with it getting in our way, I decided to hang the frame on the wall. My partner said, why don't you use the wall as a canvas and paint something? Like what? I asked. Anything you like, he answered. I thought, why not?
I had painted many years ago, but all the painters I knew were intelectual or academic and had great concepts behind their work, and I never saw myself as that kind of person. What I wanted to paint felt more decorative than interesting. So I gave up and started working with clay and then metal. My approach to both mediums was intuitive and physical, which was more my nature.
This time however, the freedom I felt knowing this was just an empty space on our wall I could fill anyway I wanted, made me enjoy the process. That was a few weeks ago, and since then all I have wanted to do is paint.
Here are my first attempts. They are simple graphic compositions, very much influenced by the paintings on mud houses made by the women in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and by the work of Joaquin Torres García, an Uruguayan painter whose work stole my heart when I visited his retrospective during my early twenties.
Showing these paintings feels intimidating. I agree with a friend who said it takes courage to be a beginner. It is uncomfortable to not know where I'm going, or if these pieces will ever evolve to become my own, but I have to start somewhere, so accompany me as I take my first steps.
This used to be a pinboard in my studio. If the urge continues, I'll soon be painting our doors.
I've been drawing these shapes for years, but I never knew what they were for. They didn't quite work as jewelry. They seem to have been waiting in notebooks to become part of these paintings.
I have always been deeply moved by Richard Serra's monumental steel sculptures. Inspired by his work, in 2009 I began a series of wrapped rings with forged sterling silver wire. For the last five years, I have continued to explore variations on this theme. Here are some of the most interesting pieces, some have chiseled texture, others have soldered elements. To me, they seem like dynamic, three dimensional drawings.
All of the previous rings have sold, but this last one is available here.
In 1997, I studied ceramics at MOA, a Japanese school in Toluca, Mexico. In 2003, I completed my studies at Marlboro College in Vermont, where I majored in ceramics and printmaking. For about thirteen years I worked with clay, building large, hollow, coil formed sculptures.
In 2003, I built my first ceramic kiln when I lived in Pátzcuaro, Michoacan, a small town three hours north of Mexico City. During the year I was there, I made a series of sculptures that felt very personal. I was inspired by the ceramics of Ancient West Mexico, the work of my favorite ceramist, Hans Coper, and Martin Puryear's majestic sculptures. I made them using stoneware clay, and painted them with metal oxides. They are approximately 27 inches tall, and belong to private collections.
I have always felt a strong attraction towards symbols and primal shapes. They seem to have a magnetic power that holds my attention. When I discovered this book a while back, I decided to start a new series of jewelry pieces based on symbolic imagery.
The first symbol I chose to work with is the egg, which in many creation myths represents the beginning of the universe. An egg is charged with energy, potential, growth and change. All qualities I have been reflecting on in my own work lately.
I begin my visual exploration with simple line drawings. Some will become three dimensional pieces.
I feel free when I work on a series. By narrowing my focus on a single theme, I can explore all the possibilities I can find. These are some of my first pieces, I will be adding more later.
This collection is for sale here.