Profile: Angel Otero
My sculptural work represents a more personal investigation of the gaps between the reality of memory and how unexpected situations cause us to reinterpret those memories. In order to more deeply explore the memories of my childhood and growing up in my grandmothers home, I decided to embrace the material of metal–as representative of the gates in the house–and the porcelain–as representative of the figurines that my grandmother collected. I wanted to place these materials together, in the same context, by simultaneously firing them in the kiln. This act, knowing that the materials would react in very unique ways, invited a type of decomposition and deconstruction of the metal and porcelain that visualize a reinterpretation of my specific memories of the past.