EXAMINING A SENSE OF BELONGING BETWEEN THE FIGURE AND GROUND - ARTIST HECTOR ACUNA


My work weaves together themes of my rural Midwest upbringing, a conflicted relationship with my incarcerated Mexican father Hector Acuña, and the human body as a social and cultural signifier. Within my mixed media practice, I traverse a multitude of subject matter and media by collecting, integrating, and juxtaposing visual information.



Building on a foundation of autobiography; I look to better understand the complexities of navigating contemporary preconceptions of brown male identity in the United States. Multiplicity functions as a thematic compass for both process and concept in my studio, and diversity develops in the varied visual languages of representation and abstraction.



"Through a layering of form and meaning, I continually examine a sense of belonging between the figure and ground."

Through a layering of form and meaning, I continually examine a sense of belonging between the figure and ground. Symbols and references reappear throughout the surfaces of my work inviting viewers to explore humorous, exaggerated, and uncanny chapters of an ongoing personal mythology. 





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