For the last fourteen years I have been living as an immigrant in Australia – a situation which has encouraged me to explore concepts of identity, memory and immigration in my works. Recent works depict personal documents and ID photos used as part of my visa application process and photos of my family.
My drawings, paintings and sculptures feature symbolic materials such as my own and my family’s hair, that help to bridge memories of my past in Colombia with my status as an immigrant in Australia. Hair in particular is symbolic since I grew up in and around my mother’s hair salon. The metal mesh used in my paintings is a memory of my childhood and the religion which my family and I came from. Each collected material had a relationship with my childhood, my family and cultural references, connecting my memory and place to my identity.