Ana Teresa Fernandez, Ice Queen. Photo by Ben Davis
Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez invites visitors to engage with Surface, which explores issues of identity, sensuality, and victimization through a series of installations. Using large-scale 3D text, these works will be crafted from colored animal skins and mirrors. The word "surface" derives from Middle French, which literally means “above face." Fernandez will look at the current political and social climate and struggles with judgment and racism. She will investigate how borders and quantifiers have been applied to people due to their skin color, ethnic background, or sexual preference.
Projects offered in the Kimball Education Gallery encourage guests to discover the difference between skin color and the content of one's character through painting and sharing their hobbies, passions, and activities. Fernandez will attempt to deconstruct the way we approach skin type through an interactive project as well as an exploration of materials.
Fernandez was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. She received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Through painting, performance, and video, Fernandez illuminates the barriers, both psychological and physical, that confine and divide gender, race, and class in Western society and the global South.
Celebrate Fernandez's residency with light refreshments in the Kimball Education Gallery.