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Haydee Alonso working in her studio

I am a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in contemporary jewelry and handheld objects. I use a variety of mixed media such as metal, photography and Jesmonite in order to create a body of work that speaks about diverse border experiences. Through my practice, I intend to shift the focus of the border narrative that currently highlights the negative aspects of our community—violence, war, drugs—towards a more inclusive story that explores the fluidity, interconnectivity, and duality that exists in the region. My intention is to step away from the anecdotal in order to incorporate the multiple ways of understanding the border by focusing on candid interactions, artistic collaborations, and sincere dialogue that represent the different encounters and interpretations of the borderlands.