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Felipe Baeza

Yale University

Ahuehuete Dormido
ink, watercolor, charcoal, collage, cut paper, egg tempera, hand embroidery and interference powder on paper


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

Ahuehuete Dormido deals with regeneration and the persistent effects of global migration. The work challenges us to think about how we honor those who are no longer with us and have disappeared in the process.

How do you describe your work and practice?

I use collage in my work to examine how displacement creates a state of hybridity. I am interested in the alchemy of turning cut paper into a surface and a surface into a structural form.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

My interest in applying is to insert myself into the conversation about figuration. I hope to challenge the Western canon of history by inserting bodies and histories that are rarely seen into my work.

What inspires your work?

I utilize my biography to reflect on my personal experiences and to explore the persistent effects of social institutions and cultural practices on the individual. I aim to create structures and possibilities of self-emancipation.