I was born in San José (Costa Rica), I’m teaching artivist (artist + activist). “If trash is everyone’s problem, then it is also everyone’s resource” For more than a decade, I have been creating works about and out of plastic waste and plastic bags. From interpreting and intervening trash bag compositions in New York (illustrating the idea that we are more what we throw away than what we consume), to creating collage portraits out of the plastic bags collected from specific moments and places while travelling around the world, to currently doing beach and street clean-ups and transforming the collected plastic waste into compositions and sculptural assemblages. As a crucial aspect of my career, I impart Trash2Art workshops to different communities around the world, where the participants give a new life to the collected local waste by transforming it into artworks. My works have participated in various individual and group exhibitions in Latin America, United States and Europe. I have participated in artist residencies in Costa Rica, Germany, and the United States. I recently graduated from a Master’s in Visual Arts and Education: A Constructionist Approach at the University of Barcelona. I currently live and works in Barcelona, Spain.
“You are going to Berlin to do an artist residency? But, you make art with trash and Berlin is so clean, what are you going to do?!” – they said. First day in Berlin, I went to the supermarket by my house and to my (and everyone else’s) surprise, they not only had really cool plastic bags (available for purchase) but their plastic bags had the faces of locals who auditioned and were selected for the Summer 2015 campaign. I started collecting all of them and created this series of “Trash-scans”. What better way to say that we are what we consume, but we also are what we throw away than with these bags?! #ichliebeberlin