Haydee Alonso is a multidisciplinary artist based in Juárez/El Paso. She focuses on jewelry and object making. Having grown up in the U.S.-Mexico border region, she is intimately familiar with the exploration of creative solutions for divided spaces, with an aim to facilitate interaction as opposed to further recognizing the imposition of a line that forbids it. Experiences with and reflections of the delineation in space and geography represented by the idea of a joint separation, has stimulated her body of work where two beings interact in a predesigned set of dynamics. This is manifested by her design of jewelry/objects that act as both a separator and a connector between two or more people. A border has a conclusive purpose, which may be surreptitiously open to interpretation: it either separates that which is not us, or it builds a bridge between yours and mine. Haydee believes jewelry serves the same purpose: it is 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 into her work. There may not always be material similarities between her different projects, yet they are all linked by concept. Haydee seeks to thoroughly explore the numerous ways in which two beings can interact within each series, thus each body of work often consists of multiple pieces. The research and production processes yield new ideas and areas of interest, leading to the next body of work, and ultimately resulting in Haydee’s infinite quest to connect.
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. Haydee exhibits and lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. Most recently in the Netherlands in an exhibition titled “This is America,”| ART USA TODAY in Kunsthal Kade, and Munich Jewelry Week. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including the Art Matters Grant, the Artist Incubator Grant, and is currently a fellow of the Texas Vignette Artist Grant Program, and the Dots Between fellowship, where she continues to explore creative solutions for a divided space.
She has given workshops at a variety of institutions, including the El Paso Museum of Art, New Mexico State University, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, she designs and fabricates jewelry for her commercial jewelry brand AYAYAY! and continues to develop a number of conceptual bodies of work. She plans to take part in an Art Residency in 2021.