Jewelry and object making…
“Growing up in the border region of Mexico and the United States, has led to an exploration of creative solutions for a divided space: facilitating interaction instead of laying out a line that does not allow it. The delineation in space and geography has stimulated bodies of work where two beings interact in a predesigned set of dynamics. This is manifested by designing jewelry/objects that act as both a separator and a connector between two or more people. A border has a very definitive purpose: it separates the thing that is not us or it builds a bridge between yours and mine. I believe jewelry serves the same purpose: an intermediary between selves. Jewelry is an extension of our identity; where one ends, the other begins.
While Haydee uses a variety of mediums and processes, she always incorporates the human body. There may not always be material similarities between the different projects, but they are all linked by concept. Each body of work often consists of multiple pieces; it is important to thoroughly explore the numerous ways in which two beings can interact within each series. During research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work: resulting in Haydee’s infinite quest to connect.”
Haydee Alonso is a multidisciplinary artist, with a focus in jewelry and object making, based in Juárez/El Paso. Growing up in the border region of Mexico and the United States, has led to an exploration of creative solutions for a divided space: facilitating interaction instead of laying out a line that does not allow it.
Haydee completed her MFA in Jewelry and Metal from the Royal College of Art and earned a BFA in Metals and Sculpture from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has given workshops at institutions including the El Paso Museum of Art, New Mexico State University, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and the University of Texas at El Paso. Haydee exhibits and lectures locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently in Russia in an exhibition titled ‘Double YellowLine’ – a show about geographical, political and cultural borders. She has been awarded numerous grants where she continues to explore creative solutions for a divided space.