Sandra Fernandez

$ 250.00

CAUTION: Dreamers in/on sight, 2013
Screen Print
Edition of 50

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CAUTION: Dreamers in/on sight This print talks about “The Dreamers”, a group of undocumented students that arrived to the United States at a young age, brought by their parents. They have lived in the U.S. most of their lives and have made this country their home. They have gone through the education system and preposed themselves as part of our society, except they don’t exist. They entered this country without papers. Fernández has had the pleasure to meet and teach many dreamers, and they are like any other person. They are people with aspirations and dreams. It is not their fault that they were brought to this country illegally, and they should not be punished for it. These students are smart, very capable, and have already been contributing to society. They support DACA, a path to citizenship for all of the millions of dreamers in the U.S. This print brings to the attention the border between Mexico and the U.S.; the check point in El Paso, specifically. The images are of actual dreamers that study at the University of Texas where Fernández teaches. They are looking straight at the camera, with expressions that make the viewer feel uncomfortable. They confront the viewer to take a closer look. Their faces blend in with the geography, a map of the U.S’s side. They live there, they occupy that space, yet they don’t exist. When they graduate and want to incorporate themselves into society, contribute and put to practice their training, they can’t. The dove symbolizes hope, freedom, and peace. The milagros (charms) are always present in my work, this time they exist as a prayer piece. The writing is from the Códice Mendoza, a colonial manuscript with records of daily life, tributes, etc… of the Aztecs. It contains the history of both the conquerors and the conquered. Fernández uses it recurrently in her work. The dove is hung up with a sewn thread in red. The caution signs relate to the roads on this side of the border, cautioning people the be “aware”. The graduate’s caution sign alerts people of the power of the dreamers. Biography Sandra C. Fernández was born in Queens, NY but raised in Quito, Ecuador. She returned to the United States in 1987. Fernández received both her M.A. and M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and 1995, respectfully, with focuses on photography, printmaking, and artist’s books. Fernández’s work often includes issues of abandonment, isolation, sexism, political freedom, and war. Each of these has been a part of the personal experience of Fernández. She currently lives in Austin, Texas and teaches printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. Watch the video interview with Sandra C. Fernández on YouTube:

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Dimensions 22H x 30W in


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