Nocturnal (Horizon Line)
2010 Teresita Fernández Born: Miami, Florida 1968 solid graphite on panel overall: 72 x 144 x 2 in. (182.9 x 365.8 x 5.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2010, Teresita Fernández 2012.38A-C Not currently on view
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.
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