Lead Bank Presents LEAP Winner Anella Fernández
July 1 - September 27
The graphic collage The Dolls that Rose by Lead Bank Emerging Artist Prize (LEAP) winner Anella Fernández (Sophomore, Fiber) will be on display July 1 through September 27 at Lead Bank at 1801 Main. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, July 5 from 4-6 p.m.
In this graphic collage series, Fernández creates a dialogue about the commodification of the female body throughout history while juxtaposing text, morse code and braille. Drawing inspiration from the work of Barbara Kruger, Man Ray, Adolf Wolfili, Hannah Hoch, Julie Mehretu, Paul Siestema, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, she uses images from antiquity, advertising, photographs and art history. The work of Titian, Édouard Manet, Claes Oldenburg and Hans Bellmer, are juxtaposed against quotes from artist Carolee Schneemann’s Interior Scroll, Freud’s Studies on Hysteria and from the comfort women documentary The Apology. If you look closely, the handwritten braille reads excerpts from Maya Angelou’s poems about confidence and femininity contrasting the fetishized female nudes in each collage. Braille is not seen, but rather felt, explored and learned. Fernández uses braille as a symbol of femininity that requires more than a visual cue; it requires knowledge and further examination.
Each year, Lead Bank and a panel of judges chooses four students as LEAP Winners. Each student receives a scholarship from Lead Bank as well as the opportunity to showcase their artwork with a solo exhibition in their lobby.