Multimedia artist Haydee Alonso is known for her abstract work, some of which has been featured in international and national exhibits including last year’s Texas Biennial in Austin. While you can’t classify her work under one category, some have used the words “body architecture” to describe many of her pieces.
“I don’t consider myself a jeweler or sculptor or an art activist,” Alonso said. “I allow myself to explore different mediums depending on my concept, which all ends up coming back to the body.”
The world is Alonso’s playground with many tools to try out and explore with.
“I’ve worked with photography, honey, rubber, grass, gold and rubber,” Alonso said. “When I start to feel comfortable with a medium, I switch it up.”
Alonso earned a bachelor’s in fine arts at the University of Texas at El Paso with a focus on metals and sculpture. In 2015, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a master’s in fine art, specializing in jewelry and metal.
Born in El Paso and raised in Juarez, some of Alonso’s work explores border themes in a way that’s indirect – a reflection of her experience living an effortlessly binational life.
“The concept of a border came very late for me,” Alonso said. “For a really long time, I didn’t realize I was crossing a bridge to another country to go to school. For me, it was simply a bridge that connected my home to my place of education.”
Some of Alonso’s work was recently featured in the exhibit, “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility” at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. The same exhibit will showcase her work at the Albuquerque Museum starting this coming Saturday, Jan. 27.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, Alonso will lead a workshop at Savage Goods, 1201 N Oregon St., as part of the Ladies Wine and Design series. The topic is to be determined, but you can find out more by following Ladies Wine and Design at facebook.com/LWDElPaso.