Her upcoming solo exhibition, Ablution, displays the reflective and transformative powers of water. Using oil on canvas, Fernandez manages to make her subjects look as if they’re in shift – jumping into a pool with heels on or swimming fully clothed. It's interesting to note that these large paintings are actually based on performances by the artist. By embracing a strong love of metaphor and a dose of magical realism, they defy easy categorization of being simply one thing. Those familiar with her work will see a further questioning of modern society in this latest series. Questions of gender roles, divisions of labor and class are all posed in an arena of masterful painting that is unique to Fernandez. 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.
See Ablution from September 10 – October 16, 2010 at Electric Works in San Francisco.
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