So I'm getting into the second year of my MFA at The Rhode Island School of Design
and want to keep you updated about a few things... Michael Menchaca
and I have completed our public sculpture at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park
here in Providence. It was their first Artist in Residency program, and we were glad to represent RISD. The work will be up for at least a year, so please make time to stop by this beautiful park. Other participating organizations included The Steel Yard
, RiverzEdge Arts
, and the Tomaquag Museum
Tierra Nuestra (Our Earth)
"The majority of those within this country have family who migrated here from another. Native to Texas, we came to Providence for the education and opportunities that RISD would provide. Distancing ourselves from our roots resulted in a culture clash and a sense of displacement, yet we have still been able to adapt and thrive in our new environment. This geodesic dome takes visual influence from the wigwams that were used by the Wampanoag and Narragansett tribes for housing and shelter. Using the metric system for building measurements, we channeled the English who came here and colonized what we now know as Providence. Within the dome, native plants from both Texas and Providence are able to harmoniously coexist despite their different backgrounds. It acts as a safe haven for the plants within, just as Roger Williams declared Providence a freeing place of solace. Through travel, one learns to adjust to the new people and places they come in contact with, but we must always remember that nuestra tierra was here before any of us."
-Michael Menchaca and Suzy Gonzalez
RISD MFA '15
I have some new work at the RISD MFA Painting Biennial
, UFO Hunters, which is on view from October 3rd through the 19th. It's at the Sol Koffler Gallery at 169 Weybosset St. in Providence, RI.
I believe, because it is absurd.
-Tertullian, as quoted by Tom Wolfe in In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space (Douglas Curran, 1985
The Unidentified Flying Object is a site of awe and contention. Elusive, euphoric and fringe, it is at once ecstatic vision and anomaly, an outlandish mark faded in our skies. Situated in the ether of uncertainty, the UFO compels us to look up and reconsider the universe and our place within it. Uncertainty may hover over its meaning, yet it is this need to see what is unseen that drives imagination.Painting too requires a leap of faith. Unstable, it is an awe-full union of facility and mind, expanding realms beyond the obvious. Whether imagined in the sky, or painted on a surface, the question remains the same: Have you recently had a close encounter? RISD MFA Painting 2015
I am also thrilled to announce that I will be a part of "The Art of the Animal," an exhibition of the investigation of the female and animal body from a multitude of perspectives, taking place at the National Museum of Animals and Society
in LA in Fall of 2015, and commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Sexual Politics of Meat
by Carol Adams
. Along with this show will be a book published by Lantern Books with the writing and artwork of each participant. That's where you come in! By preordering your copy of The Art of the Animal
, you can be a part of helping us to raise money to get it published! More to come as this progresses.
I was happy to be interviewed by Third Woman Press
, "a press for transgressive artists, writers, and intellectuals, publishing the work of feminists of color since 1979." Please follow them on Facebook
if you don't already because they are doing great things!
Lastly, another exhibit I have coming up this month is "Pale Firework,"
a collection of socially and politically influenced artwork curated by Mo Kong
and Mengyu Chen
. The opening will be at RISD's Gelman Gallery
in Providence, RI on October 16th from 6-8pm
and the show will be up until November 30th.