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Leticia Bajuyo

2017 Open Studio Fellow

Pop Goes the Weasel

6’6’’ x 12’ x 12’
Chain-link fencing, chain, steel, hardware, and paint

Artist Statement
In my artwork, I utilize recognizable and seemingly neutral commonplace objects that invite audiences to name, compare, and participate in theatrical re-arbitrations of value. Reminiscent of a Jack-in-the-box toy, the turnstile in the center appears to be winding up the chains and thus adding tension to the fence. The fence, n turn, attempts to fulfill its role in maintaining boundaries and restricting movement; but the impasse between fence and turnstile results in a distorted stasis that suggests the unsustainability of the tense situation.

By using chain-link fencing, the audience is placed outside this small yard and can witness the effect of the turnstile on the fence. Can a Jack-in-the-box go backwards? Can the box be removed? How can this tug-of-war be resolved?
Crank, crank, crank,
Turn, turn, turn
Just a little bit more
Watch and discern.

Leticia Bajuyo

Born: Paducah, KY, 1976
Resides: Corpus Christi, TX

• MFA, Sculpture, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2001
• BFA, Sculpture, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1998

Selected Exhibitions
• Sugar Coated, Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas, 2017
• Event Horizon, ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia, 2017
• In-Finity, Smith-Williams Gallery, Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, 2017

Selected Collections
• Shipshape, from Waste to Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2015
• Amplitude, South Bend Museum of Art and Century Center, South Bend, Indiana- Permanent site-specific indoor ceiling installation 2015
• Canopies: Groin Vaults and Chain-link, YouthBuild Program site, Louisville, Kentucky- permanent outdoor installation, commissioned by Louisville Visual Arts Association, funded by the Norton Foundation, YouthBuild, and Hanover College

Selected Awards
• Artist Professional Development Grant, Great Meadows Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky, 2017
Funding for travel to the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 and Documenta 14
• Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, 2016
• ArtPrize Pitch Night Louisville Award, 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, 2016
Financial support for creation and installation of outdoor sculpture at Lyon Square during ArtPrize 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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