Maria Fernanda Nunez, Recipient, 2019 Bex Frankel Fellowship in Sculpture and Installation
Maria Fernanda Nuñez is a Colombian-born artist based in Portland, Oregon. After spending her formative years in Bogotá, where she studied photography at the Zone Five School of Film and Photography, she relocated to the United States in 2011 to pursue a BFA in Sculpture at the California College of the Arts, which she completed in 2015. Upon graduation, she worked as a furniture apprentice in Houston, Texas, where she also participated in a home-building project, and, later, attended the Penland School of Crafts, where she studied blacksmithing and metalwork. In 2016, she was a Resident Intern at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the following year was awarded a Windgate Craft Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, for which she served as a juror in 2018. During her time in Portland, she has shown and performed work at the ADX Annex Gallery and Screaming Sky Gallery and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory and Creative Research at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research, where she also works as a design and research assistant. Although her interests are multifarious and interdisciplinary, much of her work is sculpture-based, utilizing a wide range of materials and focusing on themes of hybridity and liminality. Her latest body of work, “Fragments of the Incorruptible Corpse,” draws upon a collection of nonfiction writing and drawings as well as video and installation components.