Sandra C. Fernandez – Fractured Layers of Dreams and Memories – Hope for the Future

  • Holly Barnet-Sanchez University of New Mexico
Keywords Contemporary Latino Art, Printmaking, Criticism
Keywords Contemporary Latino Art, Printmaking, Criticism


This is a review article that addresses the variety of subject matters and mediums addressed by Texas-based, U.S./Ecuadorian Latina photographer, printmaker, and installation artist Sandra C. Fernandez.  She is an artist whose work addresses traumas and hopes of migration, dislocation, loss, and memory pulled from her own and others’ experiences in childhood and beyond.  Frequently delicate and understated, often made from fragile, ephemeral materials and discards, it nevertheless draws you in, commands your attention and packs a punch.  You want to return for more.  In doing so, it is important to remember to not only explore all she has created over the past twenty-five years, but to also pay attention to what she is doing now.


Author Biography

Holly Barnet-Sanchez, University of New Mexico

Holly Barnet-Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Modern Latin American, Chicano and Latino Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  She has curated a number of exhibitions of Chicano/a art including “Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation,” originating in 1990 at UCLA’s Wight Art Gallery, and travelling through 1993 to museums in San Francisco, Fresno, Denver, San Antonio, and New York City.  Other exhibitions include: “Ester Hernandez, The Art of Transformation,” at MACLA, the San José Center for Latino Art, in 1997, “Just Another Poster: Chicano Graphic Arts in California, UC Santa Barbara, 2001, and “The Latino/a Visual Imaginary: Intersection of Word & Image,” in 2011 at 516 Arts in Albuquerque.  She has participated in numerous conferences on Pre-Columbian, Modern Latin American, and Latino/a art.  Barnet-Sanchez’ research specialties include the modern uses of Pre-Columbian art, Chicano/a aesthetics, murals, and graphic arts.  She has recently completed a book with co-author Tim Drescher, titled “Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East L.A. Murals, that is forthcoming from UNM Press.  She is currently working with the UNM Art Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center to create an exhibition that foregrounds the art and activism of Californa-based Amalia Mesa-Bains, Judy Baca, and Ester Hernandez.

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