Nocturnal (Horizon Line)

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Exhibition Label
Fernández favors processed materials and minimalist forms that invite multiple interpretations. Nocturnal (Horizon Line) was inspired by the history of the valley of Borrowdale in Cumbria, England, where graphite was first mined. Fernández sought to create an image of nature forged from the earth itself. She studied graphite to learn how to manipulate a material closely associated with drawn representations of the landscape. Neither ecological concerns nor nationalist politics inform Fernández's vision of the land. Rather, meaning derives from the interaction between the artist's representation of nature and the spectator's active engagement of her creation.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Restrictions & Rights
© 2010, Teresita Fernández
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
2010
Object number
2012.38A-C
Artist
Teresita Fernández, born Miami, FL 1968
Topic
Abstract
Medium
solid graphite on panel
Dimensions
overall: 72 x 144 x 2 in. (182.9 x 365.8 x 5.1 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture-Relief