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Marisa Telleria, alumna, opens exhibit at the Frost on sensory and perception

At FrostArt Wednesday After Hours on September 10th, College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Marisa Tellería (BFA ’93) will open Still at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. The exhibit, which includes site-specific mixed media installations, explores an interest in perception as well as introspective and sensorial experiences.

Still, 2014, untitled installation detail,  mesh, tulle fabric, wire dimensions variable
Still, 2014, untitled installation detail,
mesh, tulle fabric, wire
dimensions variable

The following is a statement about Still written by the artist.

Still is a compilation of new works of various scales, from medium size room-installations to stand alone objects, in an attempt to create a contemplative, circular space that allows room for introspection and sensorial experience.

The gallery is intervened by three immersive temporary environments made up of countless small, layered gestures with various materials creating a space of much silence and interiority. In between these larger pieces, other smaller works equally elaborate and layered, function as a pause of fleeting, “whispering” moments alluding to larger psychological spaces as an invitation to slow down and look deeper, even in seemingly empty or unaltered scenarios.

In these works as well as throughout my trajectory, my interest in perception persists; in understanding the way we see (and not) and how we respond to physical phenomena; the selection of materials play an important role as a personal vocabulary to engage viewers into intimate sensorial experiences, so they can relate to objects, environments and situations at a corporeal level and expand their own process of observation and conceptualization; so they can hopefully understand things by their intensity of existence unencumbered by preconceived notions of meaning, if only briefly.”

Reflecting on her FIU education, Tellería considers it an excellent preparation for her career as an artist. “My years at FIU were instrumental in my artistic and conceptual development,” said Tellería, “particularly via the Art History courses taught by Juan Martinez and Manny Torres – [each] a huge inspiration and great support.”

Untitled, 2014,  untitled installation detail, metal and nylon wire dimensions variable
Untitled, 2014,
untitled installation detail,
metal and nylon wire
dimensions variable

The featured images are provided courtesy of Marisa Tellería and The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

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