FEATURED WORKS: Mercedes Ventura, BFA '16
As an artist I am concerned with customs, traditions and displacement. It is fascinating how many facets of culture connect with each other, and how often looking at these fragments of society together, can give deeper meaning to the larger picture. Conscious and subconscious notions of gender, race, class, religion and other forms of identification dictate our understanding of the world around us, and this area of knowledge is prevalent in today’s global culture. Informed by the work of artists like Ana Mendieta and Francis Alys, I look to continue their artistic traditions.
I work with a variety of mediums. Often these mediums overlap one another to create a more immersive body of work. By creating situations and breaking the passivity of the spectator, I want the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. Combining subtle details of odd or eccentric, humouristic elements in my work allows for the viewer to access the ideas portrayed in the work. - Mercedes Ventura, BFA Graduate 2016