I construct two dimensional and three dimensional collages where the idea of identity and memory
are conceived through the use of cultural signs. This paper discusses how reciprocal cultural
experiences in different geographic locations like Calgary, Alberta and Antioquia, Colombia, have
nurtured creative art production. Drawing on multiple theories of signs, I interrelate cultural
memory and identity in response to my experience in a new location.
Personal development through the experience of travel is a source for artistic inspiration. Through
making collage, whereby materials and images are combined from different contexts, I establish a
communication via cultural signs that derive from personal associations with geography and
culture. As a “detective“ of my own identitiy, the evidence of semantic memory in my artistic
practice, reafirms the communicative function of art.