Distorted Truths (Funhouse Mirror) (2017)

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I know a Ukrainian couple who emigrated to the USA because they thought life here was like an episode of Dynasty. Flags and notions of nationhood are both abstract and very real, but both are easily distorted. I used a funhouse mirror to alter perceptions of the flagged still-life. I paint on polyester film. Its translucency points to a space between actual and conceptual representations. The viewer can see the recycled wood stretchers, sometimes the wire, and construct in their minds how the image comes to be. Viewing becomes a surrogate to the creative act.

I was born in Havana, Cuba, after the Bay of Pigs, and remember playing in abandoned missile trenches as a girl. A child of revolution and failed promises, I am moved by archetypal narratives embedded in cultural legacies and private fantasies. ... MOREMore

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