20 Artists for the Trump Era
“The most apparent thing in my work is that it deals with gender and inequalities between male and female,” says painter, video, and performance artist Ana Teresa Fernandez. Her social sculptures, which combine elements of performance and sculptural practice, include the re-enactment of gendered labor in order to call attention to issues of class and sex. Fernandez’s “Entre” painting series is based on documentary photographs of her 2012 performance Borrando la Frontera (“erasing the border”), in which she whitewashed a section of the San Diego-Tijuana border wall, making it appear as though it had disappeared. With meticulously detailed brushwork and intensely lit compositions, the paintings depict evocative scenes of women engaging in labor.
Mexican, b. 1981, Tampico, Mexico, based in San Francisco, California