ALEJANDRA ABAD

ARTIST STATEMENT:

This video installation features a poem written and recited by the artist’s mother, Lisbeth. This is a visual record created during isolated walks of the artist’s observations and her mother’s internal struggles of being apart from her children during the pandemic.

Mis Hijos

Mis hijos es lo que me hace levantarme cada dia

My children are why I wake up everyday

Con la esperanza y el deseo de seguir luchando

With hope and the desire to continue fighting

Mis hijos, son las tres estrellas que iluminan mi vida

My children are the three stars that illuminate my life

la razón de mi vivir en este agobiado tiempo que estamos viviendo

the reason to live in this overwhelming time we are living

Enseñarles a volar fue mi norte…

To teach them how to fly was my north…

No verlos, para mi es terrible no abrazarlos

To not see them, for me, it is terrible to not hug them

La incertidumbre de esta pandemia me quema

The uncertainty of this pandemic burns me

Pero los bendigo cada día y les repito

But I bless them everyday and repeat to them

Te amo hijo mio. Te amo Hija mia

I love you my son, I love you my daughter

Porque se que algun dia estaremos juntos

Because I know one day we’ll be together

Y rezo por ello

And I pray for that

Elevo mi mirada al cielo y seguiré rezando

I lift my gaze to the sky and keep praying

Hasta que los vuela ver nos volvamos abrazar

Until I will see them again and we can hug again

Esta pandemia loca esta incertidumbre terrible

This crazy pandemic, this terrible uncertainty

Dios los Bendiga hijos míos

God Bless you my children

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Alejandra Abad was born in Venezuela and partially raised in Florida. She is an interdisciplinary artist with a penchant for dense, fantastical landscapes and abstract shapes. Her style is informed by her studies in Architecture at Florida Atlantic University and in Film, Video, and New Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her BFA. In 2018 she received a fellowship at CU Boulder, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices. Currently she is part of the 2020-2021 Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Scholars cohort at CU Boulder.  

 

Her recent projects feature conceptual and collaborative pieces that work to break down the barriers between artist and audience. She creates honest and symbolic narratives in a visual language that depicts fragmentation, mythology, and folklore. Her installations use analog and digital processes – including painting, animation, sculpture, etc. – to make immersive environments that reflect her identity and values.

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