Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
I am a realistic figurative painter focusing on culture, family, friends and identity. Throughout my life I have found little representation for artists who are women and less for women of color, and emphasized this topic through my art. I incorporated the struggles experienced through this past year's pandemic as an added layer of obstacles for women in the creative industry. I combined two surfaces; wood to represent life and plexiglass to represent how we have protected ourselves through separation. I use vibrant acrylic colors on both the wood and plexiglass layers to represent the moods, professions and activities of the subjects. I am working through my art education Master’s and aspire to pass on my learnings as an artist to the children attending classes. Through this series I hope to inspire girls of color to become comfortable in their creative space.
Martinez-Fields, Janina E., "Behind the Plexi" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.