Alejandra Salinas Pérez 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.
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.
Te sigo esperando y no regresas… I am still waiting for you and you don't return Materials Copper, enamel, and graphite Year 2019 Dimensions Plate: 30.48cm de diametro Utensils: 20.32 cm de largo Te sigo esperando y no regresas… represents the daily act of placing a plate on the table for a lost loved one becoming a ritual of hope and a symbol of remembrance.Through formed copper and cloisonné enamel, a hand drawn graphite talavera design is intentionally over-fired, appearing illusory yet permanent.
Border Choker Materials Copper, brass Year 2017 Dimensions Flat 38cm x 10.16cm x 5cm On body 10.16cm x 10.16cm x 5xm Border Choker refers to the border wall between the United States and Mexico. When worn it leaves a mark on the wearer, like the scar the wall would leave on society. Fabricated with hand drawn copper wire and brass hinges.
Campo Algodonero, Ciudad Juárez Cotton Field, Ciudad Juárez Materials Copper, Cotton Plant Year 2019 Dimensions 16 1⁄2”x 9 1⁄2” Campo Algodonero, Ciudad Juárez brings attention to the case “Cotton Field v. Mexico,” which denounces the disappearance, torture, rape, and murder of Claudia Ivette González, Esmeralda Herrera Monreal, and Laura Berenice Ramos Monárrez. Their bodies were found in a cotton field in Ciudad Juárez on November 6, 2001. In solidarity with the victims' families who have unrelentingly sought justice, this garland commemorates their deaths, acting as a reminder of gender-based violence.
Lazos de sangre Blood Ties Materials Copper, Enamel, Steel, Mercerized cotton fabric weaved by Camelia Ramos Zamora Year 2020 Dimensions 4 ½” X 18 ½” Lazos de Sangre/ Blood ties 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.
Júrame que no me olvidas, si me olvidas, ellos ganan. Promise me you won’t forget me, if you forget me, they win. Materials Copper, enamel, graphite and cotton yarn Year 2018 Dimensions 3” x 2” Júrame que no me olvidas, si me olvidas, ellos ganan consists of forty-three memorial badges commemorating students that were detained and disappeared from Ayotzinapa, Mexico in the custody of the police. The badges are enameled and inscribed with the students’ names, then etched, leaving only a trace. As a symbol of the government’s involvement, the official seal of Mexico has been laser engraved on the back of each badge.