Human beings are capable to adjust to difficult situations rather quickly; they forgive, forget and become stronger when something bad arises. The border, my hometown is subject to a continuous display of violence that will impede the happiness of the ones living in it, but somehow they prosper and live a full and happy life. My body of work focuses on the resilience that human beings have to overpower violence, grief and negativity surrounding them. My jewelry pieces become a protective device, a shield to overcome the tragic events, a charm to express your inner thoughts and to value the good things that the city and the people provide.
Eli Arenas was born in 1977 in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, 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 in the interactive collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. as well as participated in selected exhibitions such as La Frontera, SOFA, Thirteen Annual International Expositions of Sculpture and Functional Art, Touching Warms the Art, Absence and Discomfort.
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. Arenas was nominated by the North Carolina Arts Council to participate in a Creative Capital Professional workshop. Her work has been feature 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, she is currently teaching at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.