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7400 - Mini Antelope by Carlee       Fernandez

Finches with branches by Carlee       Fernandez

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Carlee Fernandez

Finches with branches by Carlee       Fernandez


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Carlee Fernandez
(b. Santa Ana, California, 1973; lives and works in Los Angeles).

Fernandez studied at Claremont Graduate University (1999), California State Fullerton (1997) and the Scuola di Nudo, Flornce Italy (1995). This Los Angeles based sculptor has been working with taxidermied animals that often get strong reactions. From her earliest series entitled "Carnage" Fernandez focused on making using taxidermied animals obtained from local taxidermists. She then alters their bodies in order to alter their usage. In "7500-Boar", a boar’s head is used to create a fully functional carry-on handbag complete with plush interior, a shoulder strap and a vinyl handle. Fernandez used the language of Samsonite catalogues in developing the series. Her later work entitled "Still Lifes" looks more closely at the visual language of the animal’s beauty with out the factor of commodity as its reference point. Fernandez’ group exhibitions include: Cyborg Manifesto or the Joy of Artifice, Laguna Art Museum, 2001 8th Anniversary Commemorative Juxtapoz Art Show, Track 16 Gallery, 2002. Her most recent solo show was Still Lifes held at Acuña-Hansen Gallery in 2002.

In this interview from 2002, Fernandez speaks to Bill Kelley Jr about her interest in taxonomy and sculture.

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