Ivan Atehortua presents his new project: La Caja de Juguetes (The Toy Box)
I was born in the middle of a family of six children. At home, we used to have a big box where my older siblings kept their toys to pass them to the newest kid in the house. By the time I could play with this treasure box, it was nothing but a bunch of pieces from broken toys and found objects. I spent my childhood days playing with these pieces to create new characters. These characters represented my family members and TV heroes. I used my surroundings as inspiration, and what I had on hand as material to create new things.
Making art that speaks to our society, by remixing found objects, is a natural thing for me now.