A Third Culture Kid is a child who is born into a culture and lives for an extended period, at least five years, in a second culture. The blending of the two cultures by the child results in the third culture. As a bilingual Air Force brat, she is a classic 3CK. By the time Conchi Sanford was seven, she had lived in two foreign countries, travelled to five countries and more than 25% of the Continental United States.
Currently Conchi holds a Master in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University conferred in December of 2011. In 2010, she returned to school, after a ten-‐year tug-‐of-‐war between corporate America and her need for artistic expression. While Conchi’s concentration is on sculpture, she creates pieces in a variety of mediums, which allows for much freedom.
Well into Conchi’s adulthood she has made a commitment to travel extensively to underprivileged countries and utilize her knowledge and knowhow to assist in artistic practices in these areas. It has made her aware of her own diversity and as a result has made her embrace the differences we share.
Conchi’s work reflects this exposure to cultural diversity in addition it embodies her response to her unique upbringing, continuing to explore the contemporary conversation her pieces have with today’s environment. She believes that our reality is based on our perception of the truth, a truth that is shaped by our experiences. In her work she explores various elements of the human condition, particularly those aspects of the human condition that impact our sense of self-‐awareness. She draws from personal experiences, current political topics, historical references and literary sources to address themes of alienation, growth, and perseverance.
Conchi’s most recent works are reflections of direct and indirect experiences that bring into question social constructs that pertain to identity. Her interest is not so much in the experience, but in the psychological impact that the experience has on the individual and how that manifests itself in the individual’s psyche.
Conchi’s intent with the work is to invite the viewer, as an observant participant, into a visual dialogue about perception. At first glance the visual discourse may seem esoteric, but as the subtle layers of meaning are revealed, its more universal implications become apparent. The objective is not to confront the audience in an aggressive of authoritarian manner, but to present an aspect of reality that they may not consciously be aware that they are participants.