A serendipitous Instagram connection introduced me to Valentina Collado, and we developed a gradual friendship despite our physical distance (she lives in Mexico City; I am based in Atlanta, Georgia). During that time, she commissioned me to create an artwork for her collection.
The subsequent collaborative process brought us closer; our mutual support of each other’s creative practices deepened through frequent communication. We finally met in person when I visited her hometown earlier this year for my exhibition with Vidivixi, just before the pandemic closed our countries’ borders.
In response to the immediate needs of medical professionals caring for the affected on both sides, Valentina and I felt compelled to auction this artwork to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders - to honor our friendship and further its spirit of encouragement. I am planning to open up the auction for bidding starting this Tuesday, April 28th, 2020.