Artist creates art from Bastrop ashes

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by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

kvue.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 9:51 AM

BASTROP, Texas -- Edgar Diaz has lived in Bastrop for four years. He's been an artist for decades. Now he's made it his passion to inspire those who lost everything in last year's Labor Day wildfires.

“When I am inspired, I do a lot of things good things,” Diaz said.

Diaz is more than an artist; he is an inventor. He gives meaning to common objects like steel, wood, chainsaws and feathers.

Last year he watched the devastating fires in Bastrop consume his neighbors' homes, their memories burned to the ground. Then while driving home one day, he noticed the dump trucks. They were hauling away scraps of what was once someone's door or car, belongings from more than 1,600 homes melted into small pieces of painful memories. Suddenly he found new material and a new purpose.

“I was looking at different angles, different ways, and I say, ‘What can I do with this the way I found it?’” he said holding a piece of scrap metal. “When they say, ‘Oh, I was in the fire,’ I just give it to them. I just say ‘From the fires, from the tragedy, something nice for your house, for your new house.’”

His illustrations are defined, and his colors are bold. They signify light even in the darkest of times. He said they are proof that there is beauty in everything, and there is hope for the thousands who suffered because tomorrow is a new day.

Diaz said each piece is unique and represents someone's story. He hopes his art will serve as inspiration to people building new stories.

Diaz is originally from Guatemala. He gives the proceeds from his art to a foundation in Guatemala dedicated to feeding those in need.

For more information you can contact Diaz at mayasinv@yahoo.com.

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