In Accumulations Series, I transform the most common day-to-day objects found in the Salvadoran landscape, such as the typical beach sandals known as “yinas” or “chancletas.” These works are tropicalized ready-made versions. My process consists of selecting and collecting these sandals at river deltas on the Salvadoran seacoast. Then, in the studio, all these collected materials are cut, washed, classified, combined, organized and assembled by nailing and gluing. The resulting pieces are formal studies of material, texture, form, color and composition.
In this manner, Accumulations Series re-contextualizes waste objects into accumulative assemblages and shaping. Conceptually speaking, these works are closer to the 60‘s Nouveau Réalisme, this movement has interest in the intervention of objects that define a standing era of social compromise with the inhabited environment.
Because I am interested in the quotidian world, I question the use and significance of most common objects. My goal is not only to denounce vanity, but also I call attention to the kitsch stylistic base of mass plastic consumption. Environmental pollution is one of the most evident effects of those social attitudes. I believe that sculpture is a system that interweaves relations with the environment while human beings congregate in cities they generate objects of waste. However people are always consciously ignoring their own wasting. On the other hand, no aesthetic values are given to these discarded objects until an artist recaptures, accumulates, and returns them as transformed art works.
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