Q&A with November Artist-in-Residence Ana Teresa Fernandez
November Artist-in-Residence Ana Teresa Fernandez enacts and participates in the intersection of politics and personal identity through painting, performance, and video. Her work illuminates the barriers, both psychological and physical, that confine and divide gender, race, and class in western society and the global south.
Where are you from?
I'm from Tampico, Mexico
Where did you receive your art training?
I received my MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and did art history studies in Florence, Italy.
In what media do you primarily work?
My primary medium is performance, but it takes its documentary form through painting, installation, and video.
Who are your artistic influences?
Wayne Thiebaud, Marina Abramovic, and Ana Mendieta to name a few.
Do you have a favorite artwork at the de Young or the Legion of Honor? If so, what is it?
Thiebaud's work is my absolute favorite. I can stare at Three Machines all day.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you do? Or are you an artist full time? If not, what is your “day job?”
I don't like to even think about that.
How does living in the Bay Area influence your art practice?
Every day the Bay Area influences me—what I see, smell, taste, and feel—as well as the characters that walk the street and the incredible foods that surround us.
What is the one-place/museum/cultural site you’d like to visit?
I would love to see the Hagia Sophia.
Visit and engage with Ana Teresa Fernandez in the Artist Studio November 6–December 1, 2013, Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm and Fridays, 6–8:30 pm.