Sandra C. Fernandez is an Ecuadorean-American artist whose work centers on issues of cultural heritage, gender, immigration and loss. She has been a printmaking professor over 22 years at various universities in the USA; has had over 20 solo exhibitions and more than 200 collectives across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Palestine, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Indonesia; has won many grants and awards including The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her works are represented in collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the MOMA Franklin Furnace Collection, The Artist Printmaker Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American collection, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) in TX, and the Biblioteque Nationale in France to name a few. Her work has been published and reviewed extensively. She is the director/ owner of sfernandez Press & Taller and currently lives and maintains her studio practice in New Jersey. Please visit www.sandrafernandez.info for detailed information
Sandra C. Fernández • Lágrimas Llenando Océanos: an Overflowing Lachrymatory Bottle, 2018 Photopolymer intaglio, Silkscreen, chine collé, blind embossment.
Lachrymatories are small bottles that were used from Roman times to the Victorian era, and later during the Civil War. They were meant to catch the tears of those in sorrow over beloved ones who had passed or who were away in war. My lachrymatory is made out of bullet cases sewn together, and unlike the ones in antiquity, it is not small. It is large and it can’t contain the tears anymore…there are so many being shed all over the world on a daily basis, due to violence in our societies. A weeping ocean is rapidly being created.
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