Ruminations by Franceska Alvarado
December 4th - December 17th, 2022
Franceska Alvarado was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses primarily on painting. Her work examines the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the humancondition from the perspective of a young woman. At large, she revolves around self-portraiture, implementing heavy symbolism and unique details as a means of personifying these distinct recollections.Most recently, her work delves into the intimate yet poignant moments of anxiety based on her ownexperiences, functioning as a personal narrative that explores the nature of paranoia through a surreal lens. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Art at Texas A&M- Corpus Christi.
This body of work is an exploratory endeavor into the psychological realm of the subconscious which closely examines the nature of anxiety and how it manifests itself within the artist’s life. Moreover, this exposition delves into the individualistic perception of anxiety, reflecting on the paranoia that revolves around critical aspects associated with the human condition. As opposed to verbal expression, Alvarado is interested in presenting this concept within a visual context that establishes itself on anecdotal images that directly address the often overlookedreality of mental vulnerability from the perspective of a young woman. Considering this, she has chosen topersonify these intimate moments of internal distress through surreal representations that exemplify specificfacets of anxiety based on her own interpretation of these intense emotions. Alvarado deliberately centers herwork upon self-portraiture as a means to further attune herself with these distinct sentiments that haveintegrated themselves within her life. For this reason, her body of work functions as a personal narrative thatsubtlety reveals what lies within her psyche, whereas individual pieces are simply fragments of a continualmemoir that encapsulate the physical and emotional autobiographical experiences through heavy symbolismand personal details. Above all, Alvarado intends to put her audience in a surreal atmosphere that stimulatesraw emotion and blurs the threshold between imagination and reality.