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Esperanza Cortés

2018 Artist In Residence

Esperanza Cortés’ work encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives dealing with colonialism, and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.

Her artwork examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience. As an immigrant artist, she finds inspiration in the mosaic of the Americas and the continuously evolving nature of their folk art traditions, art rituals, music, and dance, all of which inform her sculptures, paintings, installations, works on paper, site-specific projects, and interventions.

At MAD, Cortés will create sculptures that utilize parts of the human body as symbols and expressions of nature, vulnerability, and power. The sculptures will be made of metal, wood, clay, or plaster and embellished with gold-plated chains, beads, and amulets.

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