EVA FERNANDEZ | ARTIST
Eva Fernandez was born in Toronto, Canada and lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. She completed a Master of Arts at Edith Cowan University in 2002 and has been a practising artist for over two decades, working across digital based media and installation. She has had six solo exhibitions and been invited to exhibit in several group shows nationally including, Girls on Film and Mix Tape at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Transient States at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and more recently at the National Gallery of Victoria and Adelaide.

Fernandez’s practice is essentially concerned with the exploration and negotiation of the space which she inhabits in context to its complex histories and the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism.

Fernandez’s investigates her own cultural inheritance in her  current work focusing on cultural dislocation, as she negotiates her pluralistic identity in context to contemporary issues of global displacement and Spanish Diaspora in the 20th century.

As the child of post Spanish Civil War migrants, Fernandez’s family, like many others, were displaced and left with a fragmented history. By carefully delving into the disremembered spaces of her past, Fernandez has been able to unearth narratives in order to evoke images to piece together fragments of a shattered, emotional and forgotten past. Drawing on these fragments, her works embodies the traces, voices and memories from the past that are blended and embedded with reference to Spanish art and history.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

2002 | MASTERS OF CREATIVE ARTS | Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA
1996 | DIPLOMA OF APPLIED SCIENCE & PHOTOGRAPHY | Central Institute of Technology, Perth, WA
1992 | BACHELOR OF VISUAL ARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY | Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS (2009 - CURRENT)

2016 | HERESY TO HEREDITY | PS Art Space, Perth, WA
2013 | PAPER COTTON LEATHER FLOWERS WOOD | Midland Atelier, WA
2012 | 182 DAYS (TILT RESIDENCY) | Heathcote Gallery and Museum, WA
2011 | (TERRA) AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA| Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2009 - CURRENT)

2018 | MINAWARRA ART AWARD, Armadale, WA
2017 | STATIONS OF THE CROSS | Wesley Uniting Church, Perth, WA
2017 | THE SPACES BETWEEN US | Gallery 25, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA
2016 | THE SPACES BETWEEN US | Bunbury Museum, Bunbury, WA
2016 | MACHINES AND MAKERS | Mundaring Art Centre, Mundaring, WA
2016, 2012, 2011| FREMANTLE PRINT AWARDS| Fremantle Art Centre, WA
2015 | NO SECOND PRIZE | Gallery Central, Perth, WA
2015 | STILL LIFE, EXTRAORDINARY, EVERYDAY | Mundaring Art Centre, Perth, WA
2015 | I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE | Chapter House Lane, Melbourne, VIC
2015 | MINAWARRA ART AWARD, Armadale, WA
2015 | HOME AND HOUSED | Spectrum Art Space, Perth, WA
2014 | PICA SALON | PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, WA
2014 | EGGTOOTH SPECTRUM GALLERY, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA
2014 | THE SWORDS OF DAMOCLES | Art Collective WA, Perth
2014 | FLORID | Turner Galleries, Perth, WA
2014 | WHERE LIES THE LAND | Marshall Arts Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2014 | FLORID | 45 Downstairs, Melbourne, VIC
2014 | BEAUTIFUL VERMIN | Gallery Central, Perth, WA
2013 | PCP 21 YEARS | Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA
2013 | PICA SALON | PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, WA
2012 | MANIFESTATIONS OF NOW | National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
2012 | ASSEMBLAGE | The Gallery, Ellenbrook,  WA
2012 | DIVERGENCE | Midland Railway Workshop Atelier | Midland, WA
2012 | SIXTH SENSE | Central Gallery, Perth, WA
2012 | EST. | Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA
2011 | HEROES OR VILLIANS? | Old Court House Museum, Perth, WA
2011 | WILDFLOWER BOUQUETS | Holmes a Court Gallery, WA
2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002 | JOONDALUP INVITATION ART AWARD | Joondalup, WA
2011| MID WEST ART AWARD | Geraldton Regional Arts Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2010 | WALLPAPER | Gallery Central, Perth, WA
2010 | ARTISTS ON THE WALKPATH | Maylands Foreshore, Perth WA
2010 | DIAGRAM | Junction Gallery, Midland, WA
2009 | TRANSIENT STATES | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, WA

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2009 | ME-TAKE: INDIGENOUS SELF-REPRESENTATION IN PHOTOMEDIA | Christian Thompson, Dianne Jones and Tony Albert | Catalogue Essay by Brenda L. Croft | Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA
2003 | austrALIENS | PICA -- Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, WA

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015 | ASSISTANT on 'Port Authority | Tracey Moffatt
1998 - 2103 | LECTURER | Polytechnic West, Perth, WA
2007 - 2010 | EXHIBITION COORDINATOR | Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA
2004 - 2006 | LECTURER | Curtin University of Technology
2002 | LECTURER | Edith Cowan University
1988 - 1997 | VIDEOGRAPHER for video installation 'Heaven' | STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER for 'Night Cries' and 'Something More' | Tracey Moffat

SELECTED PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

McNeill Sarah (2016) | THE QUEEN'S TALE | Post, Oct 1 2016, p. 49
Van Der Merwe, Jude (2014) | FLORID | Artlink. Vol 34 #3. p. 49
Wilson, Laetitia (2014, July 12) | COMPLEX GOODS WITH BOXES AND DEAD BIRDS | The Weekend West p. 102
Wilson, Laetitia (2013, July 13) | WORKS CONNECT WITH HISTORIC SITE | The Weekend West p. 87
Nicholls, Andrew (2013) | UNDISCOVERED ARTISTS | Art Collector p. 92
Weston, Gemma (2012, DEC 15) | A SLEEK, CLINICAL COLDNESS | The West Australian p. 75
Corbet, David (2012, MAY) | FOTOFREO | Art Monthly p. 23 - 26
Fitzpatrick, Donal (2011, JUNE 1) | A MESSAGE FROM MOVING FURNITURE | The West Australian p. 7
Spencer, Ric (2009, MAY 22) | PHOTOS SEIZE MOMENTUM | The West Australian Today, p. 7
Fernandez, Eva (2009) | ME-TAKE: INDIGENOUS SELF-REPRESENTATION IN PHOTOMEDIA | Exhibition Catalogue PCP
Armstrong, Drew (2004) | ARTSTALK | Interview for documentary on local artists aired ABC 2005
Fernandez, Eva (2003) | austrALIENS | Exhibition Catalogue PICA
Snell, Ted (2003, August 18) | STRANGERS WITHIN | The Australian, p.6
Blond, Simon (2003, AUGUST 2) | CONFRONTING VIEWS OF AUSTRALIA | The West Australian, p. 6
Blond, Simon (2003, AUGUST 2) | CONFRONTING VIEWS OF AUSTRALIA | The West Australian, p. 13
Sputore Cara (2003, JULY 29) | SPOTLIGHT ON OUR IDENTITY | Guardian Express, p. 13
McGrath Judith (2003, AUGUST) | ALIEN NATION | XPRESS, p. 26
Nicholls, Andrew (2002, NOVEMBER) | FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL | Shout, p. 8
Allen, Elizabeth (2001, AUGUST 2) | INTRODUCING WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS | Crossing Cultures Conference Report, p. 29 - 34

SELECTED GRANTS, AWARDS & COMMISSIONS

2018 | MINAWARRA ART AWARD WINNER
2018 | HEATHCOTE CULTURAL PRECINCT ARTIST RESIDENCY
2016 | MINAWARRA ART AWARD WINNER
2015 | DCA MID-CAREER FELLOWSHIP
2015 | FORM RESIDENCY AT 100 HAMPTON ROAD FREMANTLE
2014 | CITY OF BAYSWATER ART AWARD WINNER
2014 | ARTSOURCE IGNITE INITIATIVE GRANT
2014 | MINAWARRA ART AWARD WINNER
2014 | BROOKFIELD PLACE PERTH PORTRAIT  COMMISSION
2012 | BROOKFIELD PLACE PERTH INSTALLATION COMMISSION
2012 | WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS DEVELOPMENT GRANT
2011 | WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS DEVELOPMENT GRANT
2010 | WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS DEVELOPMENT GRANT
2008 | SIR CHARLES GARDINER AWARD (Honourable Mention)
2006 | AUSTRALIAN POST GRADUATE AWARD
2006 | EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY RESEARCH  EXCELLENCE AWARD

ART COLLECTIONS

ARTBANK | Perth, WA
ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA | Perth, WA
JANET HOLMES A COURT | Perth, WA
ROYAL PERTH HOSPITAL | Perth, WA
ST JOHN OF GOD HOSPITAL | Perth, WA
CITY OF MELVILLE - HEATHCOTE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM | Perth, WA
CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | Perth, WA
JOONDALUP CITY COUNSEL | Joondalup, WA
POLYTECHNIC WEST | Midland, WA
MURDOCH UNIVERSITY | Perth, WA
EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY | Perth, WA
CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY | Albury, NSW
CITY OF PERTH | Perth, WA
CITY OF ARMADALE | Perth, WA
CITY OF STIRLING | Perth, WA
CITY OF BAYSWATER | Perth, WA
CITY OF SWAN | Perth, WA
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE - QEII MEDICAL CENTRE | Perth, WA
NEW NORCIA ART COLLECTION
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS | Various Collections
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