Mariana Costa Contreras

Mexico Handmade Sculpture

For the past five years, Mariana Acosta has been a professor at Universidad Gestalt de Diseño in her hometown Xalapa, México. In her studio class “Precious Waste, The Art of Rubbish Transformation”, she challenges notions of perception about waste where students experiment with discarded goods, transforming them into intricate jewelry objects. In 2010 she was conferred the “Niche Award” by Niche Magazine.
Her work has been exhibited at the MAD Museum (New York), Bellevue Arts Museum, (Seattle, WA), Estonian Museum of Art and Design (Tallin, Estonia), Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center (Hawaii), The Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, MA), and most recently her academic work was showcased at Rhode Island School of Design ( Providence, RI) as a precedent of pedagogical alumni work. In 2015 she was invited to speak at a TEDx event in Laredo, TX., about her sustainability oriented class-project. In 2016 her article “When Life Gives you Shit, Use it as Fertilizer” was published in Art Jewelry Forum´s website. Mariana Acosta received an MFA from RISD (2009) and a BA from Universidad Gestalt de Diseño (2002).