Teresita Fernández (BFA ’90) was featured in the Art Basel booth for gallery Lehmann Maupin. Fernández showed her work alongside those of Tracey Emin, Robin Rhode, Liu Wei, Alex Prager, and Do Ho Suh. She exhibited her piece “Ghost (Vines),” which stood a little more than seven-feet tall and ten-feet wide. Made of stainless steel, the work had a luster that reflected the booth’s lighting and the visitors who passed by it. Fernández is known for using seemingly raw materials, such as glass and graphite, to create her pieces. In her work, she frequently emphasizes nature, the idea of perception, and the psychology of looking.
Born in Miami, Fernández graduated from FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and from Virginia Commonwealth University with a MFA. She has received the 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, an American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant. In 2011, United States President Barack Obama appointed Fernández to serve on the US Commission of Fine Arts. Her work is featured at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park, the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., and the Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan. Fernández currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The image of Teresita Fernandez is a photo by Noboru Morikawa at Benesse Art Site; courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.