Direct experience is very important to me.
I’m interested in the spectrum of consciousness(es) that I am capable of experiencing. In my work I try to be as present as possible, and I place great value on improvisation because of this. The work I create is made up of exercises where I try to observe myself and incoming information. The mechanisms of drawing, painting, sound generation, gesture, and breathing are all factors to varying degrees. I believe I am able to navigate to different states, with subtle differences, by engaging in these exercises. Sometimes I construct situations that I believe will be more effective, or that will allow me to better chase a curiosity.
For the past 9 years I have done a lot of work on trying to shift my consciousness by receiving/generating visual and sonic information as a single phenomenon rather than as two distinct streams. Most of that experimentation has happened within the context of my group, Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern. So far, I’ve learned I know less about myself–or anything–than what I took for granted, and that as a human continuing to learn is the most important thing I could be doing.
I am Colombian and American, and a Miami-an. I now live in Manchester, England with my husband, Rodrigo Constanzo. I currently hold a MA in Contemporary Fine Art (graduated with distinction), which I achieved under the supervision of Helmut Lemke and Louise Brookes at The University of Salford, as well as a BS in Art Education from Florida International University where I studied with Clive King, Richard Duncan, and Ralph Buckley.
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