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.
Antigua, where 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 sustainable tree farm in Coban and Rio Dulce, Guatemala. I always aim to create art as ecofriendly and sustainable as possible.