ALISA HENRIQUEZ

ARTIST STATEMENT
In my most recent constructed assemblages, I combine material gathered from popular and glamour culture with digitized and magnified images from contemporary media and art history. In stacking and re-assembling these materials and images in figurative and totemic-like structures, I aim to explore the multiple histories, various beliefs, and at times contradictory notions of self that emerge. Floaters, the title of this body of work, references not only bits of optical debris but also the culturally conditioned conceptual spots that linger, informing our vision of ourselves as human, gendered, and embodied entities.

While the stacked oval forms that comprise these works conjure up Venus of Willendorf and often contain images of Adam and Eve, recurring motifs such as heavily mascaraed eyes, glossed lips, hair, and skin reference female fertility, sexuality, and desire through a different lens.  At the same time, references to fetish and voyeur exist through the inclusion of supercharged materials like glitter, fur, resin and the frequent image of the gazing human eye. The encoded meanings and myths offer me much artistic fodder for examining the abstract dialogue, emblematic importance, optically based metaphors, and at times fractured nature these material and media born identities reveal when positioned in the same space.

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