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The exhibition Shapes of Fragmented Memories, features a series of paintings, collages, and drawings of figurative work alluding to women’s socio-political conditions, and includes abstract collages referencing childhood memories that transcribe the interplay of Caribbean light, forms, and color.
Artist Statement: My working process starts either of two ways, I paint a set of colors on a sheet of paper or on a canvass, and then I tear these into pieces or layout shapes of color on the canvass, so that I have a “puzzle” of shapes. I stare at these for days until my mind’s eye gives it form. Sometimes the forms become an abstraction of an idea, or it conjures a memory, or I connect it to an image of a social issue that is pressing in my mind, like the image of the woman in the cage, the drowned immigrant boy, or the painting referring to a teen pregnancy. I would like my work to look and feel as though others had walked through them, and between them, shifting the pictorial structure, shape, color, and form befitting their many voices, ideas, sensations, and life moments.
Isabel Nazario is a visual artist living on Abeel Street in Kingston New York for the last three years where she and her life-time partner share a studio. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised both in the Island and in the South Bronx NYC. She attended the High School of Music and Art and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Queens College, CUNY, where she taught Caribbean art history courses. Over the years she worked in museum education, managed a community art gallery in the Queens Museum of Art, and was an associate in the museum program in New York State Council on the Arts. She is currently the Associate Vice President for Strategic Diversity Initiatives in the arts, and humanities, a post that she has since 2004, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In the university she has oversight responsibility for the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and for twelve years, beginning in 1992 she was the founding director of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture.