In Ana Teresa Fernandez’ exhibition Ablution, water's ability to reflect and distort plays a central role. Fernandez’ large-scale photo-realist paintings are based on performances by the artist. By embracing a strong love of metaphor and a dose of magical realism, these paintings defy easy categorization of being simply one thing. Those familiar with Fernandez’ work will see a further questioning of modern society in this latest body of work. Questions of gender roles, divisions of labor and class are all posed in an arena of masterful painting that is unique to Fernandez’ work. In an ever expanding definition of Ablution, Fernandez looks at literal, corporeal and spiritual facets of a word that has had great meaning in almost every culture.
Ana Teresa Fernandez was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. She received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work will be presented in an upcoming solo show at Electric Works, as well as in the Tijuana Biennial, and the Oakland Museum. She recently was invited to be a resident at the Greatmore Art Center in South Africa. Fernandez was the Tournasol Awardee at the Headlands Center for the Arts, as well as being selected to be part of the Triennial, Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She has also completed residencies in Jakmel, Haiti, at the Fondation D’Art Jakmel, and in Juarez, Mexico through the LEF Foundation. She was the recipient for the Creative Work Fund 2009, and the Neighborhood Public Art Grant Project through the Richmond Art Center as well as the Cultural Equity Grant through the San Francisco Arts Commission. She was also chosen for the National Association Latino Art and Culture Award. In the past, Fernandez’ work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York nationally as well as in Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa and Mexico internationally.