Growing up in Mexico, Ana Teresa Fernandez
learned at an early age about the double standards imposed on women and
their sexuality. Through performance-based paintings, Fernandez
explores the territories that encompass these different boundaries and
stereotypes: physical, emotional, and psychological.
Fernandez subverts the
typical folkloric representations of Mexican women by changing the
protagonist's uniform to the quintessential little black dress, a symbol
of American prosperity and femininity and of the Mexican tradition of
wearing black for a year after a death. Her paintings portray actual
performances where Fernandez takes on the Sisyphean task of cleaning the
environment - sweeping sand on a beach, vacuuming a dirt road - to
accentuate the idea of disposable labor resources.
Ana Teresa Fernandez received her Masters of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
"Men who want to
support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand
that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it
is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us"