Montserrat Mesalles is a Costa Rican artist who, in a world with so much abundance, strongly believes in recycling, recovering, and reusing; these are the three fundamental “R’s” in her artwork and design. She is dedicated to the rescue of industrial waste, reconverting the pieces not just into works of art but also granting them a new symbolic value.
Her sculptural assemblies of stones, crystals—which are also reused—and industrial parts are robust and expressive, but at the same time delicate, pieces. Her familiarity with gems and crystals originates from her experience in jewelry design. The heads of her characters are hand-carved avocado seeds. Once the seeds are dry and hard as wood, she gives each one a different personality depending on the overall artworks’ meaning. At the end, the juxtaposition of materials results in a surreal work that simultaneously merges beauty and roughness.
Montserrat hopes that what inspires her will also enlighten the creativity in others to produce new objects by integrating different elements, to construct new possibilities, and to provide them a renewed life.
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica and studied abroad at the School of Visual Arts at the University of Kansas. She has participated in several courses on the techniques and concepts of design, jewelry, and art theory in Dallas, Washington D.C. and New York. She is based in San Jose, Costa Rica where she also works in large formats, including sculptural furniture.