Colón’s light-activated sculptures explore the essence of life. She finds inspiration in living organisms like amoebas, biological structures like nuclei, and celestial bodies – all expressed in form, materials, and language such as in the artwork titles Andromeda and Unidentified Object. Conceptually embodying the energy of the universe, Colón also identifies invisible cosmological materials such as aurora particles, stardust, cosmic radiation, intergalactic matter, and ionic waves, as metaphorical components in her work.
The artwork production process begins with creating a hand drawing using pen and ink to sketch the forms. Often with one swipe of the hand, Colón will land upon the final shape. The drawing is then enlarged and placed onto plywood, which later becomes the mold that shapes and holds many layers of optical materials. She layers the acrylic in such a way that the works become activated prisms, causing the light to simultaneously reflect and refract outward into the surrounding space. Without the use of any paint, Colón has achieved a fluid color spectrum, where the sculptures become mutable objects responding to fluctuating environmental conditions and dimensional viewpoints. This exploration of light and color embodies much of Colón’s Southern California experience.
As a contemporary Latinx artist, working through her innovative practice of Organic Minimalism, Colón has deconstructed and expanded upon the historically male-dominated canon of minimalism; in result, carving out new space for broader identities in the field. In contrast to traditional, hard-edged, geometrical minimalist works, Colón breaks barriers by creating objects that appear both masculine and feminine, liquid and solid, delicate and strong.