The Constructed Self | Shortlisted Project - PhMuseum 2020 Photographers Grant - PhMuseum

The Constructed Self

  • Fragment, 2019 Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy 48 x 56 in

  • Twisted, 2020 Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, epoxy, metal rope 18 x 52.5 x 18 in

  • Subject #12, 2019 Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print 18x14 in

  • Twisted ll, 2020 Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, epoxy, metal, gesso 24 x 34 x 24 in

  • Subject #1 variation 1, 2020 Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print 18x14 in

  • Subject #8, 2019 Laser-cut embossed archival inkjet print 18x14 in

  • Parts of me, 2020 Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy 36 x 50 in

  • Fragment, 2019 Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy 48 x 56 in

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Using digital photography as a foundation, I transform traditional prints into three-dimensional objects by cutting and incorporating tactile elements such as wood, paint, and resin. The labor-in-tensive techniques I apply to create these sculptural objects not only allow for a physical deconstruction of my images but also become a form of meditation that reflects my efforts in trying to reconstruct and make sense of my own identity. \r<\/p><p>Like a puzzle, my identities intersect coming together to construct my multiple sense of Self. Although I do not appear in the pictures I see the works as self-reflective and it's very important for me to show the diversity within my models. As an immigrant from Latin America and a descendant of Indigenous Peoples from the South, I feel the need to celebrate diversity to reframe the representation of historically marginalized identities.\r<\/p><p>Some of the pieces that make up these dimensional portraits can be rearranged and displayed in various ways to express the notion that identity is a social construct. At once colorful, surreal, and minimal, my constructed portraits invite the viewer to challenge their own perceptions and biases, by highlighting the complexities that make up who we are.<\/p>","long_bio_raw":"The Constructed Self (2019-2021) explores themes of identity and self-representation through the use of text and unconventional portraiture. Using digital photography as a foundation, I transform traditional prints into three-dimensional objects by cutting and incorporating tactile elements such as wood, paint, and resin. The labor-in-tensive techniques I apply to create these sculptural objects not only allow for a physical deconstruction of my images but also become a form of meditation that reflects my efforts in trying to reconstruct and make sense of my own identity. \r\n\r\nLike a puzzle, my identities intersect coming together to construct my multiple sense of Self. Although I do not appear in the pictures I see the works as self-reflective and it's very important for me to show the diversity within my models. As an immigrant from Latin America and a descendant of Indigenous Peoples from the South, I feel the need to celebrate diversity to reframe the representation of historically marginalized identities.\r\n\r\nSome of the pieces that make up these dimensional portraits can be rearranged and displayed in various ways to express the notion that identity is a social construct. 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