b. 1968, USA

Teresita Fernández Artworks

Teresita Fernández's public sculptures draw from natural phenomena to create optical illusions that evoke shifting states like land formation and water.

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Commissioned by the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin in 2009, Stacked Waters (2009) is a site-specific installation comprised of 3100 square feet of custom-cast acrylic that produces the illusion of dancing waters. It was inspired by the box shape of the museum's Rapoport Atrium, which Fernández covered in a striped pattern.

The title paid homage to Donald Judd's 'stacked' sculptures, a series of identical boxes installed along wall surfaces, as well as his exploration of box interiors.

Fernández's public project Fata Morgana (2015) was a dynamic installation that played on light. Referencing the phenomenon of a fata morgana, a mirage that forms along the horizon, the work consisted of a long stretch of canopy made from golden mirror-polished discs installed along Madison Square Park in New York.

Political Conscience

In Fernández's work, landscape is often employed as a motif for outdated ideals and tradition. Through the use of such motifs, Fernández re-imagines, replaces, and reveals the existing environment as a method of resistance.

The site-specific installation OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana (2017) juxtaposed landscapes of painters like Frederic Church with pictures of indigenous populations and travellers to better understand the context that allowed for their work.

In 2017, Fernández showed Fire (America), a series of paper and mural works that addressed the current tensions in the United States and its residual scarring. In glazed ceramic murals Fire (America) 5 (2017) and Charred Landscape (America) (2017), the landscape of the United States is set ablaze with violence, warring ideologies, and the looming threat of climate change.

Other works in the series, like Burned Landscape (America) 1 (2017), hint at a similar death of the American ideal, with burnt laser-cut paper framed as a landscape.

Latinx Advocacy

Fernández is also known for her advocacy for Latinx artists, including the organisation of the 2016 Latinx Arts Futures Symposium, which brought together artists, curators, museum directors, researchers, and funders to address the omission of Latinx voices within American institutions.

As a result, the Whitney Museum of American Art hired their first curator specialising in Latinx art in 2018, following head curator Scott Rothkopf's attendance at the symposium.

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Archipelago(Garland) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Archipelago(Garland), 2020 Charcoal
120.5 x 503.5 cm
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Dark Earth (Eclipse) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Eclipse), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
95.25 x 120.65 x 7.62 cm
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Black Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 3 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Black Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 3, 2020 Solid charcoal, wood, and mixed media on aluminium panel
182.9 x 342.9 x 5.7 cm
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Ghost Vines (Yellow Gold) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Ghost Vines (Yellow Gold), 2015 Brass
235 x 331.5 x 11.1 cm
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Black Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 2 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Black Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 2, 2020 Solid charcoal, wood, volcanic rock, and mixed media on aluminium panel
182.9 x 342.9 x 5.7 cm
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Rising (Lynched Land) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Rising (Lynched Land), 2020 Copper, wood, burlap, rope
487.5 x 447 x 447 cm
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Caribbean Cosmos by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Caribbean Cosmos, 2020 Glazed ceramic
243.8 x 487.7 x 3.2 cm
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Hurakán(Inez) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Hurakán(Inez), 2020 Mixed media collage on wood panel
15.2 x 20.3 x 5.7 cm
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Hurakán(Paloma) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Hurakán(Paloma), 2020 Mixed media collage on wood panel
15.2 x 20.3 x 5.7 cm
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Hurakán(Rina) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Hurakán(Rina), 2020 Mixed media collage on wood panel
15.2 x 20.3 x 5.7 cm
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Hurakán(Nana) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Hurakán(Nana), 2020 Mixed media collage on wood panel
15.2 x 20.3 x 5.7 cm
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Seep Sun(Fence) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Seep Sun(Fence), 2019 Mirror-finished perforated stainless steel
75 x 75 x 4 3/8 inches
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Twins (Mirror Image) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Twins (Mirror Image), 2019 Charcoal
105 x 105 inches
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Golden (Stacked Lines) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Golden (Stacked Lines), 2015 Gold chroming and India ink on wood panel
30.5 x 274.3 x 5.1 cm
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Untitled (Fence) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork sculpture
Teresita Fernández Untitled (Fence), 2018 Mirror finished perforated stainless steel
79.75 x 76.24 x 4.5 inches
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Burned Landscape (America) 3 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork mixed media
Teresita Fernández Burned Landscape (America) 3, 2017 Burned, laser cut paper
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Rise and Fall #12 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #12, 2017 Solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
12 x 36 cm
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Rise and Fall #7 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #7, 2017 solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
12 x 36 inches
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Rise and Fall #6 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #6, 2017 solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
12 x 16 inches
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Rise and Fall #22 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #22, 2017 solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
12 x 32 inches
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Rise and Fall #17 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #17, 2017 solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
9 x 24 inches
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Rise and Fall #15 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #15, 2017 solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
9 x 24 inches
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Rise and Fall #13 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork painting
Teresita Fernández Rise and Fall #13, 2017 solid graphite and pencil on wood panel
6 x 8 inches
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