Haydee Alonso’s work is centered around connections and interactions. Each piece asks to be held, and often asks to hold back. In the age of Social Distance these works of bodily contact are brought into a new light. The delicate curves of a ring on a bright-colored background have a different impact when the hands that hold it can no longer touch. These moments of connection and human contact become almost alien as we live our lives virtually and remote. But Alonso’s work refuses to let go, these connections are too vital and too necessary to put aside. Her work asks how we can replicate or create surrogates for touch, and how we can be together, even when we have to be so far away.
Haydee Alonso is a multidisciplinary artist based in Juarez/El Paso. Born in the border region of Mexico and the United States, Haydee has been forced to alternate between cultures and customs in an infinite attempt to connect. She completed her MFA in Jewelry and Metal from the Royal College of Art and earned a BFA with a focus in Metals and Sculpture from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Haydee exhibits and lectures both nationally and internationally.
Most recently in the Netherlands in an exhibition titled This Is America | Art USA Today in Kunsthal KAdE and “AMEND” – an online exhibition which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. She has been awarded numerous grants where she continues to explore creative solutions for a divided space.
She has given workshops at institutions including Wave Pool: A Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center, New Mexico State University, El Paso Museum of Art, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, she designs and fabricates contemporary jewelry for her brand AYAYAY! and continues to develop her conceptual body of work “Nexus”. She hopes to take part in an art residency in the upcoming year.
Connect with Haydee Alonso and her work
at https://haydeealonso.com/ or on Instagram @ayayayd.
The photographs featured were taken in collaboration with Alejandra Aragón and the pieces were commissioned by Azul Arena Magazine.