MA Candidate: The Book of Interconnectedness: safe space meets interpersonal
Ana makes books by hand, photographs with film, prints from lead type, and writes either sparingly or profusely on unbound folios, which she then proceeds to bind into volumes. The book as an art form is her primary medium, a process-oriented practice born from the cultivation of her bookmaking skills. The method of her artistic inquiry is in the making of books. The artistic inquiry itself is the making of books. Ana is fascinated by the human mind’s capacity to edit itself on auto-pilot, oblivious to its own biases. These subliminal mechanisms are quite the creative devices, capable of producing a neatly bound biographical volume out of loose leaves—just like an artist's book.
Ana has co-authored Bookforms, published by Quarto, and co-organized Introspective Collective, a multi-media installation at The Clemente, with support from FCA. She received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and NYSCA, and also a Hispanic Society Artist Research Fellowship. Artist books can be a solitary practice, but as the Introspective Collective manifesto states, no artist is an island. Ana has been a keyholder at the Center for Book Arts communal shop in New York since 2002, and was a resident at the LMCC Arts Center in Governors Island.
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