I was fortunate to join Acuna-Hansen Gallery soon after graduate school, and to have 4 solo shows there. My first two shows were well received, but I felt that my art was just on the cusp of the critical dialogue I had hoped it would spark. I made a decision to move away from taxidermy as my sole material, to further explore my concepts in other forms. Some peers saw this move as unsafe, given that my taxidermic work was already selling successfully. I, however, saw this shift as a way to further motivate and challenge myself. My hope was-and still is-to motivate others, too, in a dynamic art dialogue that nourishes me as well as a larger community. My later two shows with the gallery helped me begin to achieve this goal through my use of new materials.
The photographs from the “Man” series, my most recent show, will be part of “Phantom Sightings,” a group exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, opening in April 2008. LACMA has chosen the diptych “Self Portrait: Portrait of My Father, Manuel Fernandez” to place on banners across Los Angeles. This is an excellent example of the critical audience and larger community I strive to reach.
I am happy with the departures I consistently take with my art, and feel confident that I will continue making work that is meaningful and exciting to me, even if I have to take some time between bodies of work due to economic constraints.
Select Solo Exhibitions
Man, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Bear Studies, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Still Lifes, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Select Group Exhibitions
Phantom Sightings, Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Acclimatation, Villa Arson Art Centre, Nice, France
Body Double, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Witness Protection, Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, CA
Upstarts, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 – 2004
Web Designer, Studio Built
Helen B. Dooley Art Fellowship
Claremont Graduate University
California State University, Fullerton