Ana Teresa Fernandez explores the intersections of border politics, female labor, and personal identity through painting, performance, and video. Her work seeks to illuminate the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south. Most recently, she painted a part of the border fence separating San Diego and Tijuana powder blue in a performance intended to erase the border itself. Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, will present a solo exhibition in March 2016.
Fernandez has exhibited at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; the Tijuana Biennial, Mexico; the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, IN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Oakland Museum of California. Her large-scale 5W public art project, in San Francisco, was awarded Best of the Bay by 7x7 Magazine in 2013. Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernandez the Tournesol Award, and her films have been screened at festivals internationally. In 2017, the di Rosa, Sonoma, CA, will feature a solo exhibition of her work.
Ana Teresa Fernadez, Performance documentation, Borrando la Frontera (Erasing the Border), Nogales, Mexico, October 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco