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To celebrate the release of her new visually arresting book, Wayfinding, artist Teresita Fernández takes the stage with scholar, curator and NYU professor Isolde Brielmaier, and writer Eliot Weinberger to discuss the first complete overview of her multi-faceted body of work. MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish moderates the discussion.
The idea of wayfinding—moving from place to place or even getting lost—is critical to understanding Teresita Fernández’s approach, which incorporates unconventional materials such as graphite, pyrite, dyed thread, polycarbonate tubes, gold, and malachite to explore how we look at and process our surroundings from land to sky, private to public. This monograph is a journey designed as a constellation of works, rather than a chronological retrospective, inviting readers to explore Fernández’s oeuvre through large, full-color illustrations; writings on place; references to literature, film, art history, and poetry, alongside Fernández’s own writings; and critical essays. Organized into six sections—landscape, celestial, terrestrial, subterranean, cinematic, and radiance—which reflect themes recurring in Fernández’s practice, Wayfinding spans her full career. The result, the first complete overview of Fernandez's work, is a dramatically rich experience of getting to know an artist through her creative process.