Rokko with flowers

Helios Cisneros


Artist Statement: My identity as a gay Latinx person informs how I see the world and the content of my work. Being from a mostly white suburb and from a Mormon family background, I had to hide who I am and constantly felt like an outsider. Through jewelry and ornamentation, my work investigates visibility and invisibility through my queer experience. I use abstracted or queered floral forms as ornamentation that I juxtapose with images of male figures. Floral forms have an innate, delicate, beauty that symbolizes fecundity, and inspires attraction. Layering these forms with queer bodies I invite the viewer into a space of appreciation and desire. The natural elements are not explicitly familiar yet are somewhat recognizable, illuminating the idea of queer sexuality’s natural place in the world. The delicate and precious quality of enamel as a material imbues the content of the work with value.

Materials: Copper, Sterling Silver, Stainless steel, Enamel

Dimensions: 3.5 x 5 x 1 inches

Educational Institution: University of Oregon


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