Untitled (Performance documentation at San Diego/Tijuana border), 2006.

Ana Teresa Fernández
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Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Ana Teresa Fernández's work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil and gouache paintings, installations and videos. Operating formally at the intersection of land art, performance and history painting, the artist mines 21st-century feminism, post-colonial landscapes, and the psychological barriers to empathy. Born in Tampico and based in San Francisco, she earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute; her work has been collected by the Denver Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, and the Kadist Art Foundation, among other institutions. In January 2022, her video and complete suite of photographs in the project Borrando la Frontera (Erasing the Border) (2011/2021) was acquired by the Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas, Austin for their permanent collection.

 

Fernández's installation On the Horizon - originally conceived on San Francisco's Ocean Beach - is on view in Lands End, a major project organized and presented by the FOR:SITE Foundation at San Francisco's historic Cliff House (November 7, 2021 - March 27, 2022).  Fernández’s installation—comprising 16 cylindrical pillars, each measuring six-feet tall and filled with water from the Pacific Ocean—translates projections of sea level rise into an experience both visceral and immediate. On the Horizon was originally conceived as a temporary installation and performance piece at nearby Ocean Beach, created with the help of volunteers and passersby.

 

The collaborative nature of the work highlights the social dimensions and time-based nature of Fernández’s practice. The San Francisco–based artist describes On the Horizon as a collective endeavor, meant to inspire and evoke change. “How do you arise beauty in this situation that is incredibly frightening,” Fernández asks, “and how do you make people empathize with the unknown, so they can meet this threat and start moving into a direction where they can do something about it?”

 

Fernández will be the subject of a debut solo exhibition at the gallery in Summer 2022, and her work will be featured in multiple projects and exhibitions below. She has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2021.

 

Ana Teresa Fernández can be found at her website and Instagram.

Catharine Clark Gallery can be found at their website and Instagram.