Sonia Pacheco

My sculptures are physical manifestations of strength, resilience and healing. With the guidance of a mentor, I learned to relish in clay’s forgiving nature, a material that asks little of me, except to be shaped.

Through trial and error, I later learned how to cast in hydrostone and grow crystals on my forms, building on a technical foundation of my past while creating a present that I desire.

This latest collection, Sacred Fool, is the culmination of a relentless nature and the product of 12 months of quarantine — dedicated to raising my daughter, and immersing myself in studio practice. These sculptures confront the debilitating effects of verbal and emotional abuse. After years of suffering in silence, I hope to empower those who may be facing similar circumstances.