Piezas Alteradas is a series of photographs exploring grief and memorialization through land art with found objects.

Drawing on Rosalind Krauss' notion of marked sites, a series of altars were constructed through landscape interventions, reframed as "altered pieces". Considering how altars serve multiple ritual functions at once, from sacrifices and offerings to exalted prayer, these altered pieces present "imperfect offerings" devoted to loved ones, places, and abstractions. Gestures for prosperity are troubled by connotations of restrictions. Reverence for nature is burdened by the colonial legacy of Christian symbolism. Living and deceased loved ones are summoned for redemption together. A watch without a clock suggests lost time, an ash tray invokes carcinogens and emptied bodies alike. Pieces of nature cleared to make the works serve as ritual sacrifices, while transfiguration is dually offered and unattainable via wine in vessels made of raw clay.Each altar carries a prayer coded in its title, conjured in your own recitation.

Alterada Esparciéndose (Los Nubes Que Quedan Esperan), 2023

Nubes Rayadas, 2023
Stripped cedar branches, wire, white clay slip
Umécuaro, Michoacan, MX

Companion piece to Alterada Esparciéndose

 Alterada Alta (Escalera Hasta Cuando)
, 2023
 Stolen fence branches, wood posts, barbed wire
 Umécuaro (Morelia), MIchoacan, MX

Inspired by the barbed wire fences marking property lines throughout Umécuaro, Alterada Alta is a fence meant to be climbed and an altar dedicated to escapes. 

te dejo con salmos y tierra, and promises not forgotten     you know, the full story                    
the lingering feeling of yet and again                    

espero que la libertad sí te alcance                    


Alterada Baja (Raíces Para Que Cuentes)
, 2023

lineage clasped by exposed roots,
ready-made altar and dirt
and the shutter snapped the moment 
the vessel collapsed

uno se fue y uno quedo

Alterada Sobreviviente (Exaltado en la Estela), 2023
Tree split by lightning, carved ashes, peeled bark, & river stones

Alterada Enmarcado (Protegido en Arcilla para Entrar), 2023
Rusted window frame, brick gate

Alterada en Piezas (Cambio Constante),
Carved stones, waterfall 
Umécuaro (Morelia), MIchoacan, MX 

 The words "Un Día" carved across the stones.

Cruz Alterada (Ella Reza El Salmo 91 Todos Los Días)

Barbed wire, found steel, woven cedar barks, cut flowers, raw clay vessel with wine, window mesh, joint compound, ceramic plate holding a moth that I saw die the first night I arrived