Lazos de sangre / Blood Ties, 2020
Copper, enamel, steel, mercerized cotton fabric woven by Camelia Ramos Zamora
Colorful Connections / November 7 – 12, 2021
As a Mexican-American woman, I am deeply troubled by injustices affecting my native country. I create objects that identify and expose the tragedies being erased. Through constructed narratives and material transformations, I open a dialogue surrounding human rights, politics, and equality. Through crafting ritual, sacrificial, and memorial objects, I strive to materialize a sense of resilience and hope and to provide awareness of these abuses in solidarity with those that have suffered.
Lazos de Sangre is about the inevitable connection between every person through the experience of loss and pain, but also by the will and determination driving us forward. A universal connection that should be a bridge for us to empathize and be more tolerant with each other.
Alejandra Salinas is a metalsmith and contemporary jeweler born in the United States and raised in Mexico. Standing between two cultures, she combines her personal history with a contemporary perspective, translating her experiences into metal objects and jewelry. Alejandra’s work has been included in several recent exhibitions including Under Fire 3, The Earring Show, Wear/Ware, and Metal Complexions. Her work was also selected for inclusion in the Enamelist Society exhibition Alchemy 5. Alejandra completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is the current Artist in Resident at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband, Miguel Angel, daughter María José and their dog, Lucca.