A Place To Lay My Head
Queens College MFA Thesis
On view April 25th-29th
Opening reception Tuesday April 26th
1-5pm Open Gallery hours
6pm Group Critique
7pm Reception & Celebration
Klapper Hall Gallery, Queens College
Field Guide Zine
In creating and installing my MFA Thesis Show, A Place to Lay My Head, I’ve been thinking a lot about the core principles of my work. My practice is essentially, an on-going, personal investigation of the lifelong questions surrounding my feelings of cultural “in betweenness” as a Colombian transnational adoptee. Being an educator and socially engaged artist, I want to involve different communities in this work of dissecting the strands of what makes up Latinx identity. I enjoy investigating the overlaps in life experiences of others with my own, but I also find that I am interested in the discourse and nuance that emerges when posing these questions to other people. I’m extremely open with my history, and folks who’ve responded to the work have been generous with sharing theirs. I’m not really looking for a singular static answer, but rather the multifaceted truths that arise from the process of asking questions both to myself and others.
I oscillate between working on larger-scale, public projects and more specific, internal reflections. The movement between the two allows for greater nuance and multiplicity. The public projects often result in sub-projects, such as zines, photo series, archives of objects, or socially engaged events like workshops, talks, public programs, or gallery exhibits. This variety of modes and methods makes working around these central questions more interesting for me, but it also provides a more comprehensive look at these issues–including other ways of asking the same questions. Being an interdisciplinary artist helps me stay nimble with my practice, which utilizes whatever strategy is best for a given situation and its particular constraints.
In my individual practice, I focus on more specific, internal questions and solo processes. This ranges from intentional walks in search for signs and symbols of identity within a particular neighborhood, to delving into personal grief, or maintaining a sense of self care through ritual and collection. Examples of the latter include experimental fiber pieces, or sculpting with clay. Installation is a new approach for me, it offers a means of weaving public and private ideas together, generating a sense of place, exploration, and discovery in a curated space. The Field Guide zine I made for this exhibit serves as a way to learn more about the work, while providing insights into my process, but it also offers a way to preserve the exhibit in a format that is itself a piece of art.
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Because of printing and labor costs, there is a sliding scale suggested donation of $8 per zine for local pick up and $10 per zine for domestic shipping. this can be paid to me directly via Venmo or by cash upon pickup. If you wish your zine to be shipped, please include your name and address in your Venmo donation.
Or Print Your Own!
Instructions for zine booklet printing: Choose the DIY Zine Format file on the left. Go into your printer's settings and make sure your printer is set to double sided printing and that short-sided binding is selected. This is so that when it flips the page over, it orients all the pages horizontally. It also helps to select fine/high/image quality printing for the best picture and color quality. An extra-long or booklet style stapler is recommended to bind the pages. You can also sew the pages using a needle and thread with this easy tutorial.