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Lexi fernandez

Artist intent

My work revolves around topics related to women and those of the Latin/Hispanic culture. Being in the position that I am as a woman of color, I strive to create artwork that pulls from my personal experience and focuses on issues related to these minority groups. Through the medium of printmaking I strive to combat these views and allow for the truths to be seen and understood by the specific imagery and symbols I include within my work. 

The virgin malala

   This piece compares the religious icon the Virgin Mary and middle eastern activist Malala. Through the symbolism and iconography of the christian halo, the veil that covers the head of Malala as a part of her traditional garb as well as the virgin's typical depiction as well as the cool toned color palette often seen within christian religious artwork. With this piece I strive to elevate the status of the work from our women of today like Malala and align those women with the female figures that are worshiped and thought of so highly.

bad hombre

   This piece is a commentary on the term "Bad Hombre" used by political figures in office in the U.S. regarding the Hispanic community in the country. By juxtaposing this phrase with a portrait of 1950's Hispanic activist "Corky" Gonzales as well as my take on the Chiquita banana sticker to showcase and emphasize the positive ways that Latin-Americans impact our country.

The trio

color me coy

Throughout the course of history women have played an important role within society throughout a plethora of fields such as within the home, politics, business and more. Within this body of work, I explore the parallels of the view of women in society within the time periods of the 1950’s and today.

In order to show this, I created a 3 part portrait series of women from today that excel in their field and push the boundaries of how women are viewed. The 3 women portrayed are Emma Chamberlain, Serena Williams and Lily Singh who are each printed in their own color but all embossed. Each print is embossed with a 1950's Hardee's ad with the phrase "Women don't leave the kitchen." as a way to acknowledge where women are today compared to the past.

bawse

Queen of her court