Box (a proposition for ten years) Patricia Fernández IMAGES
Box (a proposition for ten years) is a sculpture for Commonwealth and Council that will be exhibited with its contents as they accumulate every year for the next ten years. Through this time-based work, Fernández and CW&C enter a relationship that becomes written through the objects collected and shared. Like the small objects, old letters, documents, and memories that would accumulate over time in carved wooden boxes made by her grandfather, Fernández proposes a personalized exchange system by carving her own in the tradition of the antecedent’s mark.
Patricia Fernández was born in Burgos, Spain in 1980. She studied at Saint Martins College of Art, The University of California, Los Angeles, and received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2010). Fernandez applies an archeological approach to the family archive in order to investigate the inaccuracy of our inherited memories and the subjectivity of personal experience. Through a complex network of forms and information she seeks to investigate histories and literatures forgotten, misplaced, or buried. Her project A Record of Succession was exhibited at the Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA and at ltd los angeles. She is a Joan Mitchell Grant recipient (2010) and a California Community Foundation Fellow (2011). Fernandez was recently awarded the France Los Angeles Exchange Grant (2012), which has allowed her to begin a project exploring narratives of permanent exile, and unearthing memories of personal history in Bordeaux