Brought up in the Mexican-American community in Chicago, Alicia Reyes McNamara brings out vibrant Latin culture and color in some aspects of her work while whitewashing it out in other areas. Her recent installations hold a different quality apart from her older sculpture and painting as she creates a stronger sense of setting and dialogue between her artworks. Most noticeably, some of her ceramic sculptures stand out in a glaring white, as if cast in plaster and never painted, while the surfaces they stand on and the paintings they are portrayed in contrast to hold a bursting opposition. My favorite example of this occurs in the pair of cast blank feet that stand in front of the colorful painting of another much darker-toned, but in all other aspects, identical pair. With a knowledge of her upbringing in the United States and in an art world prolifically full of white, male artists at its helm, one can begin to conjure up feelings and ideas from her artworks that portray a the artist’s world and the influence of both white American culture and Latino culture. Study her works for yourself below!
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