Artist Statement

Sonya Sanchez Arias

I decontextualize. Then, I reconstruct.

In all of my work, my recycled paper dresses, my art jewelry made from repurposed materials and my fine art photography – there is always a recurring theme: “Transformation and Possibilities“ – To see the beauty and potential of all things and the possibilities that a different point of view can create.” There is beauty to be found in realness, in imperfections, in things that are tossed aside, ignored and mistaken as unimportant or things that are seen every day and taken for granted. I like to transform things – to make them “special” in a totally different way – a less obvious point of view – always trying to move beyond the expected and predictable. There is a beauty to be found in the imperfections: the broken lines, shards of color, incomplete spaces, remnants of textures, blurred patterns, smudges, and distorted pixels – its all part of the many layers that I use to build and reconstruct the image. The challenge is to see beyond the obvious and to consider an alternate perception.

My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.”

Fernando Arias

Fernando Arias

“I’m a man of few words, that’s why I like photography so much.
I do what I do – and it is what it is!”