Va [Skype] Lecture
Based in Los Angles, California
Va Skype Lecture
“A Review of Works by Patricia Fernandez”
January 22, 2016, 10:30 IRST, Aknoon Gallery, Isfahan, Iran
My work uses personal narrative, memory, omission, and abstraction to transmit histories and build connections between people and places. By applying an archeological approach to the family archive, my work reveals the inaccuracy of our inherited memories and the subjectivity of personal experience. Painting, drawing, carving and object making are the tools that I use to recuperate an unknown history. By creating installations, the sculptures and paintings in my work become layered fragments of an experience, the ephemera of a subject’s identity formation, the conflation of time and place. The collected pieces act as a continuation and a product of the transmission of ideals and histories. Like the copier of the copier of the copier, ad infinitum, I reconstruct a new form, with the purpose to investigate the memories that are misremembered. Each element on its own, and also as a part of a larger ongoing collection, builds the narrative that serves as a recuperation of history.
Fernández was born in Burgos, Spain, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002 and a MFA from the California Institute for the Arts in 2010. Fernández is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. As part of her practice, Fernandez explores the geography, real and imagined, created and shaped by the people displaced as a result of the repression during Franco’s dictatorship in Spain. In 2014, as part of her residency at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA, Fernandez presented her exhibition Points of Departure (Between Spain and France) where she documents and recreates the walks of these displaced Spaniards over the Pyrenees into France. In 2015, Fernández was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work was also recognized by the Récollets Residency Program in 2016.