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Desiree Alvarez
updated: 09/05/2008
website: www.desireealvarez.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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How freedom can be understood
How freedom can be understood 2
How freedom can be understood 3
Transformer
Transformer 2
Transformer 3
Stain From Hunt Scene
Stain From Hunt Scene 2
Stain From Hunt Scene 3
Stain From Hunt Scene 4
Face
Lillinonah
Jubilat
Flamethrower
One True Thing
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, process, dreams, nature, organic, figurative, surreal, fantasy, landscape
 
 
How freedom can be understood  by Desiree Alvarez
How freedom can be understood
ink on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
How freedom can be understood 2 by Desiree Alvarez
How freedom can be understood 2
ink on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
How freedom can be understood 3 by Desiree Alvarez
How freedom can be understood 3
ink on paper
2008
11" x  15" 
Transformer by Desiree Alvarez
Transformer
ink on paper
2008
20" x  16" 
Transformer 2 by Desiree Alvarez
Transformer 2
ink on paper
2008
20" x  16" 
Transformer 3 by Desiree Alvarez
Transformer 3
ink and gouache on paper
2008
20" x  16" 
Stain From Hunt Scene by Desiree Alvarez
Stain From Hunt Scene
ink on paper
2008
102" x  60" 
Stain From Hunt Scene 2 by Desiree Alvarez
Stain From Hunt Scene 2
ink on paper
2008
102" x  60" 
Stain From Hunt Scene 3 by Desiree Alvarez
Stain From Hunt Scene 3
ink on paper
2008
102" x  60" 
Stain From Hunt Scene 4 by Desiree Alvarez
Stain From Hunt Scene 4
ink on paper
2007
102" x  60" 
Face by Desiree Alvarez
Face
ink on paper
2008
42" x  32" 
Lillinonah by Desiree Alvarez
Lillinonah
ink on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Jubilat by Desiree Alvarez
Jubilat
ink and gouache on paper
2007
102" x  48" 
Flamethrower by Desiree Alvarez
Flamethrower
ink and gouache on paper
2007
30" x  22" 
One True Thing by Desiree Alvarez
One True Thing
ink on paper
2007
30" x  22" 

Artist Statement

My drawings investigate the human face as a garden of consciousness. I make graphic the cloisters of isolation and connection, the bonds between the imagination and the body romantic, and the relationship between vision and visionary.  Of the five disciplines I practice—drawing, painting, fabric installation art, printmaking, and poetry— for me it is drawing that is farthest from thinking, and closest to breathing.

Artist Bio / CV

Desirée Alvarez makes giant fabric installations. Her work has won numerous awards including the Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture Award, several New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship Awards, 2003 and 1997, American Academy of Arts and Letters Willard L. Metcalf Award 1999, Lower East Side Printshop Special Edition Fellowship 1998, and an Urban Artist Initiative Special Project grant 2006.  Her work is exhibited in museums, galleries and art centers around the world, including the International Print Center New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters, El Museo del Barrio, Taller Boricua, Housatonic Museum, Wesleyan University Zilkha Gallery, Sirius Art Center in Ireland, and in France.  She has been an artist in residence at P.S. 122 and Yaddo and is part of an international drawing collaborative called “Weather Report” involving artists around the world.  Alvarez also writes and publishes poetry and non-fiction. Her non-fiction won the 2001 Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, and her poetry is published in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly and other literary journals.  She received a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MFA from School of Visual Arts. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the design department at CityTech, CUNY.