I recently had the pleasure of checking out bay area resident Ana Teresa Fernandez’ work at Gallery Wendi Norris here in San Francisco. The exhibition; Foreign Bodies “explores how women navigate the geographic, social, and physiological boundaries between the United States and Mexico. Documenting her performances and installations using photography and the painted image, Fernández’s work reveals how women’s bodies become surfaces imprinted with political and social upheavals.”
Foreign Bodies is the latest exhibition from Fernandez to be featured in the Bay Area. She was awarded the Headlands Tournesol Award for painting in 2008 (an award also given to Yoon Lee, Clare E. Rojas, Leslie Shows) and since winning the Best of the Bay Area’s public art award for her “5W” text series that is installed beautifully across San Francisco.
First up was Erasing the Border, a series Fernandez filmed herself while painting the fence which separates the United States and Mexico border that; “presents the truth that women face at the border- their bodies are singular passports of “otherness,” to be stamped with the political and social violence of a foreign land.”
The second part of the exhibition, Arraste had to be my favorite. Maybe it was the iconic video I watched which documented her performance as she rode a white horse in the sinkhole waters of Mexico or the, “finely-rendered, hyper realistic oil paintings that “conflate the body of the artist as a political actor and as a creative force.” Either way, I was not only blown away by this artistry but completely mesmerized by the creativity of such a piece. At times eerie and haunting yet supernatural and raw- somehow I couldn’t take my eyes off the video.
To learn more about the artist check out her website: Ana Teresa Fernandez
Foreign Bodies runs from April 3-May 31, 2014 at Gallery Wendi Norris. Further information on gallery location and hours can be found on their website.
All photo’s courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris.