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Jenelle Esparza

Medium

/ Conceptual Art / Mixed-Media

Art Training
Art School

What impact do you want to have with your art?

I hope to engage a community in questioning what we know about ourselves.

Artists Statement

As a visual artist my work is inspired by the landscapes I’ve grown up in and have experienced through travel. It often revolves around the histories and experiences of people of color as it relates to a landscape. I explore the effects of our history on our bodies through time, and the dichotomy and connection between the earth as a body and ourselves as a body and spirit. I believe all living beings are innately connected to the landscape and are therefore drawn to its organic patterns and natural beauty. My sculptural work often manipulates the form and material of a familiar object to change its narrative and open up a conversation about a forgotten or lost piece of history. It is often the case that our histories as people of color have been erased, lost, stolen, or changed in some way and as an artist I find it necessary to engage viewers in an internal conversation about those narratives.

Artists Biography

Jenelle Esparza is a South Texas native originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a multi-media artist with interdisciplinary practices that include installations in fiber, photography, and sculpture. She received her BFA in photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010 and is coowner of Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, TX. She was the recipient of the 2015 NALAC (Nat’l Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Artist Grant for her project El Color de la Obra about the interconnected histories of South Texas cotton fields, and was the Texas resident artist for the Artpace International AIR in the summer of 2018. She has exhibited nationally and currently works as a Museum Educator of Family Programs at the McNay Art Museum.