Published on November 5th, 2013 | by Apuntes LJ


Sandra C. Fernández, an Exhibit of Selected Works

About The Author
sandra-fernandez-crop Sandra C. Fernández was born in Queens, New York but grew up in Quito, Ecuador. She received her MA (1992) and MFA (1995) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and studied at the “Taller Tres en Raya” in Madrid Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Austin and the Director of the Guest Artists in Printmaking Program. She has taught courses in Artist’s Books, Intaglio, Relief Printmaking, Photography, Non-Silver Processes and Book Design.
Her photographs, prints, artist’s books and assemblages have been widely exhibited and collected in numerous cities in the US and abroad including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Baltimore, Quito, Buenos Aires, Granada, Michoacán, Cuernavaca, Bogotá, Palestine, Barcelona, Bali, Kyoto, Hang Zhou. Fernández’s works are represented in collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The San Antonio Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, The Museo de la Casa de la Cultura in Quito, Ecuador, The Art Museum of South Texas, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American collection, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, The Texas Tech Museum in Dallas TX, the Kohler Art Library and the Gilberto Cardenas collection of Latino Art. Most recently the book- catalogue S. Fernández: La memoria del mestizaje/ The memory of mestizaje (1990-2012), a retrospective of her work, was published by the Museum of La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana.

The following are selected artist’s books, paper dolls, and prints by Sandra C. Fernández


CAUTION: Dreamers in/on sight. Silkscreen 22 x 30 in. 2013.
CAUTION: Dreamers in/on sight
Serigraphy, chine colle and thread drawings
22 x 30 in.
Mojándose (crossing) Etching, relief, chine cole and thread drawings 15 x 22 in. 2013.
“Mojándose, Crossing” from the Series Borders
Intaglio, chine colle, Relief, thread drawings and blind embossing
plate 8 x 10 in. paper 15 x 22 in.

This print is the first one from the series “Borders”, which are abstractions that relate to the border between Mexico and USA.

Childhood Memories when I was three… Artist’s Book 13 x 7 .7 in in diameter. 1994.
Childhood Memories: When I was three….
Artist’s Book: Cyanotypes on veneer, Paper, thread.
in the collection of the Artist’s Books at the Kohler Art Library in Madison Wisconsin.
Letters from my dad: 1971-78. Detail.
“Letters from my dad: 1971-78”
Artist’s Book: Wood,thread cyanotypes, acetate film, paper.
9”x 6” x 3”
collection of Gustavo Fernández. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
For my little Andrea…may you never feel trapped, from the series Cucas/Paper Dolls.  Mixed Media.				 Etching, machine sewing embroidery and hand stitching. photograph, red willow, wire, thread and a milagro (charm). 1999.
“For my little Andrea: May you never feel trapped”
Mixed Media:Drawings by my daughter Andrea and her left foot-print transferred to a plate and etched. Sewing machine and hand embroidery, stitching. Color xerox-copy of an old photograph, red willow, wire, thread and a milagro (charm).
10.5 x 15 x 2.75
Innocence, from the series Cucas/Paper Dolls. Mixed Media. Handmade paper, reeds, fabric, found metals, metallic thread. Knitted wire, Polaroid transfer, machine stitching, hand embroidery. 2001.
Mixed Media: Handmade paper, reeds, fabric, found metals, metallic thread. Knitted wire, Polaroid transfer, machine stitching, hand embroidery.
10 1/8 x 11 1/2 x 2 3/4
Her Majesty (La jefa). Etching and chine colle. 25 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. 2012.
“Her Majesty” (La jefa)
Etching and chine colle
25 3/4” x 23 3/4” in

Her Majesty ( La Jefa), was created using stitching elements pressed into the soft ground. A collaged skirt using paper from a published collection of the State Trials and proceedings upon High Treason and other crimes and misdemeanors from the reign of King Richard II to the end of the reign of King George I which was printed in London in 1730.

La Torera. Etching, engraving and chine cole. 5.75 x 6 in. 2012.
“La Torera”
Etching, engraving and chine cole.
11 x 14 inches

This print is about a legend from Quito Ecuador. The “Bullfighter” La Torera, was a lady with an imposing character who dressed up elegantly and wandered the streets of the city with a stick keeping people in order and conserving justice.

Bleeding Heart. Intaglio, relief, thread drawings, chine colle, collage. 24 x 30 in. 2012.
Bleeding Heart
Intaglio, Engraving, Serigraphy, collage and thread drawing.
23 x 30 inches

This work talks about how we sometimes encounter vicissitudes in our lives that just break our heart. But there is something more powerful that comes from a very deep place from within, that wins over. And we forgive and hopefully forget so we can move on and stand up straight.

Enjaulada. Silkscreen. 22 x 30 in. 2005.
Serigraphy (19 runs)
24 x 30 inches
Niña de Chiapas. Mixed Media: Vandykes printed on veneer and cheese, cloth, paper, thread, a photograph. Thread drawings. 17 ½ x 10 x 2 3/4 in. 2006.
“Niña de Chiapas V”
Mappings. Etching and engraving. 45 x 40 in. 2013.
Mappings (Trazos)
Etching (wall installation)
each separate print is 20 x 26in.

This group of prints entitled “Mappings” (Trazos), addresses ideas of domination, acculturation and assimilation. The background text is taken from the 16th century Codex Mendoza’s manuscript, which details a history of Aztec rulers and their conquests including the tributes paid by the conquered. The figures depict a dancer and an old lady or a pregnant woman. The manuscript serves as a symbol of the underlying impact of the “conquest” upon the Americas and the figures as a symbol of what transpired following the conquest and throughout time.

Childhood Memories III: Growing up in Ecuador. Artist’s Book: Crocheted raffia, cyanotypes printed on veneer. 5 3/4 x 5 x 5 in. 1995.
“Childhood Memories III: Growing up in Ecuador”
Artist’s Books: Crocheted raffia, cyanotypes printed on veneer.
5 3/4 x 5 x 5in.


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