MY CREATIVE PROCESS

As life itself, the creative process is dynamic. It doesn’t box itself in the possibilities that brings a thing, but rather expands as new techniques become known. In my personal case, circumstances have always worked in my favor to enrich my creative possibilities. Thus, in this path of constant search, I have found great loves that have been my accomplices and companions on different occasions. 

 

Drawing, oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, metal work and small jewelry sculptures, all of these techniques, worked under the same common thread, are enriched. They mature, flourish, and give me new possibilities.

In February of 2020 , when there were rumors about a general lockdown because of the global pandemic, it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be able to go back to my studio for more than a month. I remember distinctly that I was working on 5 jewelry pieces with beautiful, unique stones. I was creating new designs from some drawings that I had already done, bringing them to life in metal. That night I went out and left everything on top of the table, as I did every day for the past two years. I thought that I was going back in a few days, but that wasn’t the case. Days passed and everything seemed to lengthen. One, two, five weeks passed, and I decided to take an online course: Specialization in Contemporary Jewelry Design “Beyond the Concept”. It was tremendously interesting, and it kept me busy for some time, reading, exploring the material, studying, and creating concepts with an intention.

Nevertheless, I was unable to execute my designs on metal because unfortunately to work in jewelry I need tons of tools like the torch, and especially the jeweler’s table. And that was all gathering dust in my studio. What a difficult time!

In that moment it came to my mind, and I thanked all the endless sculpture classes I had at Universidad de Tadeo, Universidad del Bosque, and in Elma Pignalosa’s workshop, because as the teachers say, “your hands are your best tool”.  So, I put my hands on it and started working! I couldn’t waste any more time thinking about what I needed to do, I had to start doing it! 

And that’s how I enrolled in an on-line sculpture workshop with the great master Carlos Jairran, that was definitely spectacular.

There is no time better invested than the one shared with people who are passionate about what they do. I bought Plasticine Modeling Clay, simple modeling tools, wire, and I started working! Truth is, I haven’t stopped since. I have spent at least eight months between Plasticine Modeling Clay, books on human anatomy, sticks, and wires, which I love. This has been one of the best rencounters. 

Kneading, modeling and sculpting definitely have a unique charm. Working with your fingers and your hands connects you with the piece in deeply personal way. 30 years ago, I modeled my first sculpture in clay, today I have started working with Plasticine Modeling Clay. Personally, I have really enjoyed this material for its flexibility, its texture and the support that allows me to fully express myself. 30 years ago, the elaboration of the mold and the casting were a long process and even difficult to understand, the materials we used, and the technique in general, was complicated. Today, I have found that there are countless materials to work with molds and counter molds. The principle is the same, but it helps a lot to have more friendly materials and tools.

Afterwards, I also took a course on making molds, and I discovered that there are 50 different ways to make molds. In the US you can find countless materials to use. There is another similar number of materials in which you can make the casting as well. I chose to start with resin, but I will continue to explore other materials such as bronze – indisputably my favorite. 

This is my creative process when it comes to sculpture, and it’s just the beginning! I want to continue searching and working with new options that are available for those who want to make their dreams come true.

If you want to take a look at my beautiful sculptures click here!