Her work is very tactile, as well as being visually stimulating. Some pieces require looking at familiar objects in a new way. Take, for example, her Hole Table that sinks bowls and utensils into the tabletop, or her Shadow Trio pieces that are only completed when their shadow is cast on the wall. One of her designs that is seen frequently in design media these days is her version of the lowly metal folding chair, which is given a new look by her time-intensive, 30-hour hand felting process.
Aguiñiga has been a member of Border Art Workshop BAW/TAF, a bi-national artist collaborative for ten years. Through BAW/TAF she helped to build and run a community center in an impoverished area of Tijuana, which was built on trash from the United States. For the six years she worked there, she focused on bringing national and international attention to the community’s plight through arts-based programs.
Through outreach programs at the San Diego Museum of Art and at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Aguiñiga has worked on diversifying audiences through arts education. She has also worked for migrant rights through art installations across Mexico and the United States.
She was recently awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship and was named a USA Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts. Her work has been exhibited from Mexico City to Milan and included in major international publications.
I predict that we'll hear much more from...and about...Aguiñiga in the future.
|Hole Table close-up|
|Eames Wire Chair|
|Embrace Lounge in use|
|Forest Roll in use|
|Forest Roll ready for storage|
And, for a bit of whimsy, take a look at these designs. They make me smile. Well, actually, the Impression Stools make me laugh out loud.
|Impression Stool after use|
Now, that's quite an impression, wouldn't you say?
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