Over two decades ago I made a group of small statuettes with plaster, ceramic, cloth and wax. Anything that I had at hand.

These statuettes had an unsettling look. They spoke by themselves with a loud voice.

No prejudices, no preconceptions. This burst of spontaneity produced the dolls I’ve come to be known for. They were born unscripted. And that’s how they look. Ever since I made the first one, I have continued feeling the urge to produce more.

The creative process has remained basically the same since day one. It is natural and intuitive. I go out on a scavenger hunt to find materials and inspiration; whether it is the hardware store, a thrift shop, or simply strolling around my neighborhood on trash day.

As spontaneous as the statuettes came, they are also the result of my life-long held belief

that there is now ignoble material. Everything can be reused. With love, perseverance, and creativity and there’s always a place for a second chance.

The dolls, how I like to refer to them, are now part of me. I plan to go on making them as long

as I feel an urge to challenge myself, explore new materials, and find new combinations.

I can’t help it. It is who I am. It is what I do.

© 2018 Mariana Monteagudo. Do not reproduce without the expressed written consent of the author.