Nocturnal (Horizon Line)

  • Teresita Fernández, Nocturnal (Horizon Line), 2010, solid graphite on panel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2010, Teresita Fernández, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.38A-C

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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


Nocturnal (Horizon Line)
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overall: 72 x 144 x 2 in. (182.9 x 365.8 x 5.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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solid graphite on panel
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