Patricia Fernandez

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Artist Statement

My work uses personal narrative, memory, omission, and abstraction to transmit histories and build connections between people and places. By applying an archeological approach to the family archive, my work reveals the inaccuracy of our inherited memories and the subjectivity of personal experience. Painting, drawing, carving and object making are the tools that I use to recuperate an unknown history. By creating installations, the sculptures and paintings in my work become layered fragments of an experience, the ephemera of a subject’s identity formation, the conflation of time and place. The collected pieces act as a continuation and a product of the transmission of ideals and histories. Like the copier of the copier of the copier, ad infinitum, I reconstruct a new form, with the purpose to investigate the memories that are misremembered. Each element on its own, and also as a part of a larger ongoing collection, builds the narrative that serves as a recuperation of history.




MFA California Institute of the Arts
MA Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena
BFA University of California, Los Angeles
Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London

Upcoming: California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art.
Ours is a City of Writers, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, LA.
Box (a proposition for ten years), Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles
Memory is in Progress, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles.
Cinco caminos de partida, CAB, Museo de Arte de Burgos, Burgos, Spain
Box (a proposition for ten years), third year anniversary at LAM Gallery, Los Angeles.
Points of Departure: Five Walks. Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
Between Two Worlds, Cal State LA Art Gallery, Los Angeles.
Heuristic Memories, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Los Angeles.
And Yes, I Even Remember You. Curated by Eric Kim, Aran Cravey Gallery, LA>
Ipsum, Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles>
Paseo de los Melancólicos, LAXART, Los Angeles.
Box (a proposition for ten years), Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
The Records, David Peterson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
Demolition Woman, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange County.
Heroes, Carter and Citizen Gallery, Los Angeles
A Record of Succession, ltd Los Angeles.
Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Marc di Suvero’s Peace Tower, Pacific Standard Time Arts Festival, Los Angeles.
CUE Art Foundation, Joan Mitchell Recipients, New York.
Question de Principe(s) /A Matter of Principle(s), curated by N. Grenier
Back To The Old House, Clifton Benevento, New York.
Patricia Fernandez// Maha Saab, ltd los angeles.
GLAMFA, Long Beach Galleries, CSULB.
Dear Diary: Leslie Dick is not a home, group show, Los Angeles.
Wet Paint 2: Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles.
New Insight, Art Chicago, curated by Susanne Ghez.
A Series of Antecedents, Thesis Exhibition, D-301, Cal Arts.
Still Life Show, 533 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Mile Post 5, Portland, OR.
Make/Shift/Home, Space, Pittsburg, PA.
Church Doors, Iglesia Santo Cristo del Olivar, Madrid, Spain.
Beachcombers, Little Cakes Gallery, New York.
Monster Drawing, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Idyllwild A.I.R Group Show, Riverside Museum of Art

Academy of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland
Art Center, College of Art and Design, Pasadena.
TMI Lecture Series, Human Resources, Los Angeles
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Cerritos College of Art, Art History Department
Pomona College of Art
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
San Francisco Art Institute
Otis College of Art and Design, Public Practice Program
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Speranza Foundation, project completion grant.
Residence de Recollets, Paris, France. French Cultural Institute & City of Paris grant.
D-Flat Residency, Mexico, DF.
Lincoln City Fellowship, Speranza Foundation
Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist Residency Award.
LACA Artist Book Residency, Los Angeles
Viatge de les Arts, Col-loqui Walter Benjamin, MUME & Nau Coclea
Points of Departure, Artist Laboratory, 18th street Arts Residency, Santa Monica.
Fondazione Antonio Ratti, CSAV with Matt Mullican, Como, Italy.
CCI Investing in Artists Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
France Los Angeles Exchange Residency: Grant for a project in Bordeaux.
USA Projects Artist Grant.
Ruth Chenven Foundation Award.
California Community Foundation, Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for Project Completion, New York>
Joan Mitchell Grant.
Jaques and Natasha Gelman Scholarship.
Ahmanson Grant, California Institute of the Arts.
Alumni Travel Grant, California Institute of the Arts.
Dean’s Grant, California Institute of the Arts.
Artist Project Grant, General Consulate of Spain, NY.
Artist in Residence, Paintings Edge, Idyllwild, CA.
LA Metro Poster Series Prize: Watts Neighborhood.

Memory is in Progress: The Heart. X-TRA Spring 2017, Volume 19, Number 3.
Points of Departure: Five Walks. Risograph Book produced at LACA, Edition of 50.
Rue de Latran, New Byzantium Press, Edition of 100.
Notes on A Record of Succession. Artist Edition of 25.

Kauffman, V. Outside of Time, Art Jounal Open, August 2016.
Martin, V. Historias de una memoria silenciada, El Correo, November 14, 2015.
I.L., Retales de la memoria silenciada, Diario de Burgos, November 14, 2015
Wagley, Cathering. Patricia Fernández’s Points of Departure: Five Walks. LA Weekly. May 12, 2015.
García Vega, Miguel Ángel, Vanity Fair: Arte. Febrero. Arte. No. 78.
Mizota, Sharon. Brief but potent memory: ‘And yes, I even remember you’ at Aran Cravey. L.A. Times Review. August 22, 2014.
García Vega, Miguel Ángel, Patricia Fernández recupera la memoria del exilio republicano, Blog EL PAIS, August 9, 2014.
Vikram, Anuradha. Patricia Fernández: Translations of Memory. KCET/Artbound. May 2014.
Evans, Ariel. First Look. Art in America, April 2014.
Finsel, Dan. The Artists’ Artists. ArtForum’s Best of 2013.
Grabner, Michelle. My Highlights at NADA Miami Beach,, December 2013.
Hanson, B. Wreck it.,The Orange County Register, October 14, 2013
Tuck, Geoff. A Correspondence, Notes of Looking, April 15, 2013.
Whitehead, A. Martine. Review of Box (a proposition for ten years), Art Practical, April 14, 2013.
Coburn, Tyler. Art Review, exhibition Review: Made in LA. Fall issue.
Myers, Holly. Los Angeles Times, Review: Patricia Fernandez’s touchingly eloquent ‘Record’, June 6, 2012.
Wagley, Catherine. Looking at Los Angeles: Anything but the Kitchen Sink, Art21 blog, June 14.
New Yorker: Arts Pick, January 11, 2011.
Clark, Artemisa. Art Info/Modern Painters. July 8, 2010.