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The NUCA building is CLOSED to the public until further notice. Please visit our online classes and exhibition offerings until we're able to come back together.

The NUCA building is CLOSED to the public until further notice. Please visit our online classes and exhibition offerings until we're able to come back together.

The NUCA building is CLOSED to the public until further notice. Please visit our online classes and exhibition offerings until we're able to come back together.

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Paige Fuentes

Splittings

Gum bichromate print pigmented with blood on poly-cotton blend, denim

Artist Statement:

Analog photographic processes, found images, and objects explore the intricacies of queer domestics as an overlooked site of transformation, power, and joy. Rural queer life is investigated through relishing and teasing out the tension between mother lover and mother/lover in the home. Visual cadence and rhythm mirror the embodiment of feminine domestic intimacy as a site of trauma, safety, and revolution. Sinister and sacred rituals of quotidian care are imagined and interpreted through dreamy and mundane pairings.

On Covid-19: 

Covid forces pause and reflection on the mortality of marginalized POC, disabled folx, queers, and service workers on the frontlines. In addition to my work as an artist, I also work with survivors and inmates through an Appalachian Rape Crisis center in Southeast Ohio. Much of my time is spent working to find new modes of digital advocacy and lamenting the challenges of family and intimate partner violence, particularly in quarantine. Working from home presents the unique friction of ample time contrasted with faint drops of emotional capacity for creativity and making. Working on a gazillion projects in every crevice of my home I seek space, comfort, and repetition to allay worry and gut-wrenching concern for the world at large and the immunocompromised most near and dear to me.

This work is the product of materials acquired over time, rifled out of storage containers due to lack of access in procuring new supplies, a pop-up basement darkroom, my makeshift porch studio; emphasizing the joy and pains of home, especially in these times when we (those of us who are privileged to) inhabit our homes more fully than ever before. The domestic sphere has wholly shifted in its daily rhythms to create depth and skirt domestic strife through acquiescence and subversion of white male power—more profound in its protective membrane now than ever in light of Covid-19; painfully highlighting whose lives deserve priority. This work asks the viewer to contemplate invisibility, strife, and nuances of authorship when rural queer lives(/loss) are represented.

Bio:

Fuentes is a queer artist of Appalachian and Puerto Rican descent. A talker and lover of the tactile, she is currently nestled in the lush foothills of Appalachia. With an affinity for all things shrouded in florals & leather, she displaces her sociopolitical rage in near-constant handcrafts. Her fine art practice combines image and object through the use of photography, collage, and markers of place. Drawing on historic moments of resistance tied to the land, Fuentes makes art grounded in queer theory with anticipation for the Cloud to someday rain, leaving rural queer archives scant and to the wind.

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