Eliana Arenas

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Materials:  Sterling silver, brass, newspaper, resin, powder coating

Dimensions: 3.75 x .5 x.5 inches

Human beings are capable to adjust to difficult situations rather quickly; they forgive, forget and become stronger when something bad arises. My body of work focuses on the resilience that human beings have to overpower violence, grief and negativity surrounding them. The jewelry becomes a protective device and a shield to overcome tragic events.

About the Artist: 

Eli Arenas was born in 1977 in Cd. Juarez Chih. Mexico. In 2002 she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso and in 2003 she moved to Las Cruces, NM to attend New Mexico State University where she received an MFA in 2006. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Arenas work is part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. Arenas has participated in selected exhibitions such as La Frontera, SOFA, Touching Warms the Art and Absence.

Arenas was appointed in 2010 to serve as Board member to the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She received in 2011 a three-month residency at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been featured in several publications such as, The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers 2008, 500 Pendants and Lockets, 500 Earrings, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings and 500 Paper Objects. Arenas has taught in several universities and community colleges around the country and in Mexico.

To view more work by this artist, visit her SNAG Maker Page