Collection: Dina Perlasca - Featured Artist

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Dina Perlasca is a Mexican American artist from The Paso del Norte Region, where she grew up on the Border of Mexico and the U.S. in El Paso TX and Cd. Juarez Mexico. Dina lives in El Paso Texas with her 3 children. She obtained her BFA in Ceramics form The University of Texas at El Paso and her MFA at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces NM. She is currently teaching undergraduate ceramics at The University of Texas at El Paso and at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. Perlasca continuously exhibits her work regionally, nationally, and internationally with her most recent solo exhibition Campos de Fureza /Force Field at the Roswell Museum and an invitation from the Cd. Juarez Chih. Mexico, INBAL Museum of Art 60thAnniversary Exhibition celebrating 60 years of contemporary Mexican art. Fostering community, research and collaboration are of upmost importance to Dina as she has dedicated time, leadership, and support to the ceramic field in various ways. She recently came out of her 2021-2023 term as Student Director At Large board of directors position for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts,  she is part of The Virtual Clay Collective, an emerging artist collective with members from all over the United States, co-leader in Bravo Studios, a research organization hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research Building at The University of Texas at El Paso and now honored to be one of the new board of directors members of Artaxis holding the Communication and Member Liaison position.

Artist Statement:

My artistic practice is motivated by the need to articulate what I carry forth from my ancestral past and what I create from my own contemporary desire.  I generate a custom-made idols and artifacts of my own design to help me and ground me to my life here on earth. I create as a way to connection to reality and my soul, to help me though pain and illogical adverse times.

The work is for my people, for future generations and for those that can find comfort in the familial aspects of the visual aesthetics of my designs. My practice is greatly inspired by my personal Mexican upbringing; equally influenced by the folk art of central Mexico where my grandparents settled, and the domestic aesthetics of borderland living between Mexico and the United States. Generated from these experiences, my work possesses encoded knowledge that creates an in-between, surreal environment birthing a *culture of its own*. In my installations, Mexican brutalist architecture confronts domestic interior design aesthetics, and creates familiar, uncanny spaces where the viewer can observe the psychological connections between the disparate elements of the artworks.

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