After leaving my homeland to live in Holland and then roaming around the planet for two decades before returning to Holland,
I became interested in communication and language, producing an artistic body of work visually focused on written texts.
For me writing has become a tool to reflect on how language shapes our memories and identities. As foreigners, when we
come into contact with unknown lands and languages, we lose the capacity to communicate fully. At least for some years,
most foreigners tend to inhabit a social limbo without a clear identity.
My artwork has evolved around paper, a material that lends itself to all kinds of conceptual and formal transformations. Paper
supports not only what we place on it but our very ideas and memories, so instead of simply drawing on paper I converted
paper into the ´ink´ with which to draw and write. I do not draw on paper but with paper, building my works in the air.
As a subject matter I explore migration, communication and social exclusion, centring on how traumatic experiences may
cause identity crises and cracks in human memories. Whether it was talking with Latin Americans living in Holland and
collecting other life stories, or delving into the testimonies of prisoners, the local inhabitants of the countries I lived in,
displaced people or kidnap hostages in Colombia, otherness has become the main source of my work. Using paper as my
‘paint’ I have shaped letters, travel logs, books, graffiti, maps, drawings and set up large installations.