Born 1968, Miami, Florida
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Teresita Fernández is fascinated by perception. She translates the variety of ways of looking into elaborate, often large-scale installations where viewers are compelled to engage, walking around, looking up, and peering through atmospheric works. Working with metals and plastics her architectural spaces become vast but encompassing environments that undermine a sense of required distance; her sculptures focus on how the visual experience of a work can surround and enchant viewers. To come face to face with Teresita Fernández’s work means to give oneself over to the area and its ephemeral effects of light, reflection, and shadow.
Teresita Fernández received her BFA from Florida International University, Miami in 1990 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992. Recent exhibitions have been held at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, TX; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Spain; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. Fernández has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as an appointment by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.