Fuego, Volcanic Ash
On June 3 at 12:00, Guatemala was rocked by a devastating volcano eruption that affected directly or indirectly over 1.7 million people. Many died and even more were left homeless.
Because of the tragic nature of the event that caused the work to come into fruition, I am donating 20% of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. They are working hard to raise funds to provide housing for the relocation of survivors of the volcano eruption that devastated the surrounding area in Guatemala. So if you decide to purchase some work, you will be helping those families who are desperately in need of a home.
Antigua, where myself and my family resides, is only a few kilometers away from the volcano. This area was blanketed with the ash and the cleanup took several days. It was by far the worst eruption since the 70’s.
Regarding materials; The ash that was collected for the work came directly from the volcano eruptions on June 3, 4 and 5, 2018. (more info on the eruptions here). Also, I get my canvas for the work from The New Denim Project, an incredible textile company that upcycles used denim to create threads and fabrics used to create all kinds of textiles such as my canvas, clothing, etc. They are good friends and I think you will find the company fascinating. Check out The New Denim Project here. Finally, the wood used to make my frames is sustainably sourced from a certified tree farm in Coban, Guatemala. I always aim to create art as ecofriendly and sustainable as possible.