I’ve always had a strong relationship with vanity since I was a teenager from clothes, cosmetics and beauty YouTubers. All of that followed me along to construct my identity with a twist to get me outside of the norms. Since that time, I started to grow my natural nails really really long. I found it incredible how our body could grow something naturally so fantastic, and mainly, how I felt with them – more powerful and unique. I was also really drawn to how people would interact with me when they saw I had nails, I would start whole relationships from that. Be their reaction positive or negative, that estrangement was the starting point for some people to question some things inside themselves.
As a transdisciplinary artist, I identified how nails are a medium that navigates and reunites many concepts and mediums I have run into before. Nails carry a big baggage of identity, empowerment and social issues, which are subjects that were always present in my work. It also combines sculpting and painting techniques to fit and live with bodies, which, in my research, turn them into a performative sculpture.