Before I am an artist I am a craftsman… My work is about intersecting experiences and the rediscovery and shaping of relics into new forms as a way of self-questioning. Many things can exist as relics. In my vocabulary relics can be ancient artifacts but they can also exist as metaphors for objects in our memory. These memories exist in a place and time and the objects associated to them are what I consider intersecting experiences. These intersecting experiences come in many different forms and tap into our subconscious in different ways. My work seeks to connect to an audience on this level. This connection to someone else’s nostalgia of objects in a place and time is what intrigues me the most.
– Jaime Guerrero
Jaime Guerrero was born and lives in Los Angeles, California. He began his studies at California College of Art and Crafts (Oakland, CA), then attended the Pilchuck School of Glass (Stanwood, WA) and studied with Venetian glass artists Checco Ongaro, Pino Signoretto, and studio glass pioneer Benjamin Moore. He has been nominated for the Corning Award, has received two Saxe Fellowship Awards (2006/2012), and the People’s Choice Award (2012) through the Bay Area Glass Institute (San Jose, CA) for a piece now residing in the Oakland Museum of California. In 2013, the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) gave him his first solo museum exhibition Torpor.
Jaime skillfully crafts the ethereal transparent medium of glass to mirror human experience and focuses on subject matter that would normally remain mute, addressing issues of social inequality and the need for change, often focusing on urban and Latino culture. For several years, in addition to his studio practice, he has helmed a glassblowing program for at-risk youth in South Central Los Angeles.
His current work embraces the juxtaposition between ancient ideas and contemporary symbols.