Gustav Reyes

Chicago, IL

My training and personal development have led me to believe that humans surpass biological processes by creating. The desire to create is the vehicle by which we, as humans, extend our minds and souls beyond the limits of our physical selves. Through the material and creation of the work, I consider the complexities of the life cycle. I recognize the truth that we are more of the natural world than of the created world. I parallel the ephemeral nature of wood to the experience of life and ask the viewer to consider the stages of life that are often overlooked by society. I have a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and rather than working against the grain, I work with it.

I place great importance on creating jewelry that demonstrates a deep appreciation and consideration for our natural world. To create my work, I use salvaged wood that is repurposed. I have incorporated wood from a bass violin and extra wood obtained from other wood workers. I also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood. I use production methods that reduce waste by 80%. I am dedicated to preserving Nature’s infinite beauty and continue to search for more sustainable techniques.