The butterflies in this sculpture are symbolic of new life, a new start and new beginnings. The repurposed aluminum cans suggest how old, used items give value to what is viewed as old, obsolete and unusable. Gold leaf is symbolic of the golden years and highlights the value of gold. The ancient encaustic technique is often used in the restoration and preservation of artifacts.
Repurposed materials are woven, twisted, and tied by Ana Cristina to produce final pieces that are durable, delicate, and intricate. Inspired by her Portuguese ancestral heritage and culture, Ana Cristina incorporates ideas of memory and experience to create contemporary sculptures from unconventional sustainable materials interwoven with a largely industrial application.