Arranging Family

Carlee Fernandez's avatar Carlee Fernandez

"Arranging Family" is the culmination of a need to make work stemming from tribulations in my marriage and the slippage of individualism experienced from further embracing my role as wife and mother. The overarching concept of this six piece, body of work is to celebrate family through heredity, heritage and genealogy. Three of the works appear in this exhibition. "Family, Baptismal Cup” is a hugely over-sized replica of my husband's christening cup dating back to 1931. The sculpture is made of cast bronze with a silver nitrate patina, and it's size was determined based on my family's collective body mass. Etched on the cup's exterior is our son's family tree dating back seven generations. Some branches stay strong while others have faded away. "Let This Cup Pass From Us" is a photograph of our bodies "poured" into this sculptural cup. The photograph shows only our eight legs protruding from the top of the vessel, making our family a generic dot in a long family lineage adorning the metal surface, where 2014 would be the only year in which we would fit. "The Strand That Holds Us Together" is a photograph of my right hand and my father's left hand, together they form a pair depicting the 20-year age difference that spans the two of us. Through acts of recording, remembering, and releasing, my work has always dealt with the cycle of life. In some works I am more interested in exploring life while other times I am more interested in death; in some instances my work is more universal in thought and at other times it is extremely personal. Everything I do is my attempt to put a fine focus on the beauty of life.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
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  • Medium: Archival pigment print on rag paper & bronze with silver nitrate patina
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  • Year created: 2014
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