Melissa is inspired by the conflict in Colombia, stories that are woven between the mountains where the violence has been going on for decades. Each narrative is a different world and a different pain. Her message is an invitation to explore the stories of war as a vehicle to transform pain into art, to transform our small worlds.
My link with fashion and the story of my life is transformed in the same space. The messages that I capture in each intervention are my memories of the war and its outbreak. I stage the introspection to the past to reach the reconstruction of fragments and stories of victims of the Colombian conflict. I personify pain through monsters that speak of the aftermath of war. All of this is transformed into a metaphor, which through manual art, vindicates scenes that allow not only to tell life stories but also to transform them through fashion as a source of healing.
In the search to tell in other ways, the stories lived in my country during the years of conflict. Anecdotes that are lost in the silence of the countryside or the gray of the cities, which are diluted in oblivion by the pain of their own characters. I decide to rewrite through manual art, embroidery, and photography, finding a way to channel each of these scenes, where I personify the feelings of each victim in monsters that allow me to tell from another perspective what I felt.
Through manual techniques I describe inherited stories, of protagonists who are not here today, and that the war has stolen their names, who disappear in the silence and the desire to no longer remember what happened in the country. Exposing to the world that pain is transformed into art through stitches, and materials to tell that one has survived and that peace and transformation is the best way to pay homage to those who are no longer here today.
The materialization of each story and monster is given from different textile explorations through photographs, the use of beads and threads, which transform the textile into a story, as well as the use of materials such as leather molded with glue, and the use of forms that represent through these the repressed and hidden weight in each story.