Toni Mena: Accumulations
In his Accumulations series, Toni Mena transforms the most common day-to-day objects found in the Salvadoran landscape such as the typical beach sandals known as “yinas” or “chancletas.” These works are tropicalized ready-made versions. His process consists of selecting and collecting these sandals at river deltas on the Salvadoran seacoast. Then, in the studio, all these collected materials are cut, washed, classified, combined, organized, and assembled by nailing and gluing. The resulting pieces are formal studies of material, texture, form, color, and composition.
Image: Toni Mena, RGB from Accumulations series, 2012, Mixed-media 20 × 20 × 20 in.