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Artist Statement

Sabrina Haertig Gonzalez is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, public intervention, and text. Her practice of augmenting and collapsing ontological divides between bodies, objects, and products through their materiality and consumption looks to locate the perversions of life created by the exploitative, absurd phenomena known as the commercial economy. In creating new work, she looks to embolden an imaginative capacity for post-colonial, post-apocalyptic reform by defamiliarizing our conditioned lexicon for exchange and foregrounding the narratives of the extracted. Raised in a working-class, immigrant matriarchal household, Gonzalez felt it critical to develop a discourse regarding the neocolonial exploitation of Latinx communities as a means to bring dignity to her own identity. As of late, she is experimenting with the potential of facilitating co-creation and physical activation through hybridized sculptural intervention for the potential benefit of an exhausted working class. How can bodily implication heighten one’s awareness of their positionality within extractive economies or, aspirationally, inspire empathic agency? The outcome is not a performative aesthetic or futuristic vision but a manifestation of sovereignty.

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Gonzalez received her BFA in 2022 from Cornell University and was among the 42 students awarded Merrill Presidential Scholars of 15,500 undergraduates for her leadership, academic performance, and positive impact within the College of Architecture, Art, and Urban Planning. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Rawlings scholarship, the Edith Adams and Walter King Stone Memorial Prize, served as the Degree Marshall for her graduating class, and was awarded the Faculty Medal of Art upon graduation. Her work has been highlighted across multiple community publications as she’s participated in a series of solo and group exhibitions, including My Best Self at The Soil Factory, Ithaca, NY, and Connections II at the Fowler- Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, NY. Having recently returned from the Chautauqua School of Art Residency Program and the ACRE Program, Gonzalez is currently preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition in NYC.