For the past two years I have been preoccupied with the meanderings of the so-called soul, that collection of spirits, forces and demons that inhabit our daily schedules.
I have made a point of researching human nature, its million labyrinths and unexplained interstices. I thought drawing was as good a medium as writing in order to uncover these spirits. The gestural nature of the large drawings I was invested in was a natural extension of my body, of my impulses and my temperament. The unconscious found a way to be manifested in this exploration of my arm enabled with brush and ink. My dreams and questions on the origin of the dust we are made of, and my devotion for the absurd all found expression in this drawings and writings. I have found uncanny explanations and amazing depth in the quest for understanding the nature of that unidentifiable thing that fills us. The result of that quest is this body of work collected in the “Procession” series.
Marmanjos and Chechelentas is a project for drawings and installation that explores the interstitial space between telecommunication lines, sewer systems, streets and bridges, human beings and animals. This is the space where these characters which I have created live: the marmanjo, the chechelenta, the cocozinho and the pandorgas. The marmanjo is red and sad, feeds on the tears, and feces of human beings and from time to time drinks the ink left in the drawer’s inkpot. Chechelenta is gray, has only one breast and no vagina, so is unable to conceive, thus goes sadly sagging her hairy body trying to mother Cocozinho, a crib ridden little pink bear, incapable of ownership, always yearning for mamma, and finally the Pandorga who is a two headed being, only apt to think because two heads think well as the say. They all conform a very strange troupe that inhabits our moments of loss, of sadness or happiness as parasites of the small, as molecules of wasted life or naked carriages of entanglement.
Artist Bio / CV
Ana Fernandez was born in 1963 and raised in Quito Ecuador.
She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in Painting. and received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts.
She explores the intersection between the real and the fantastic through drawing, painting , writing and random street actions.
She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krassner Foundation Award, and was an Artist in Residence at Women’s Studio Workshop , Rosendale New York. She received a grant to develop and Art Program in Yunguilla Ecuador through Center for Art and Public life.
Ana is current Drawing and Painting faculty at the School of Fine Arts Central University Quito, also develops a program to bring Contemporary Ecuadorian Art to rural communities through the Central Bank’s Cultural Department.
Her work has been shown throughout Latin America, Spain , San Francisco and New York, and is in many collections in those countries.
Ana currently divides her time between Quito and San Francisco, CA.