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Nesting // Exhibition & Installation by Sam Fresquez


  • Xico Arte y Cultura 1008 East Buckeye Road #220 Phoenix, AZ, 85034 United States (map)

Xico Inc. | 1008 E Buckeye Rd, Suite 220
September 15 through October 13, 2018
Reception: September 15, 6-9 p.m.
Other viewing times available by appointment.

Creating a physical home is a natural instinct in many animals, including ourselves. This installation examines the line we draw between other animals’ homes that are referred to as naturally occurring and human structures which are considered ‘man-made’. Spaces constructed by other animals, such as ant hills, coral reefs, nests, beehives and burrowing system are just as intricate as any of our urban cities. It is interesting to observe that most, of the physical results of human labor are seen as innately against the natural order of things on Earth. 

The installation uses cut paper to form a man-made, yet organic structure. We often use the word “nesting” to describe making a house feel more like a home. We do this by putting our personal objects in the physical space. The pattern cut into the paper of this installation mimics the artist’s parent’s kitchen curtains. The piece uses a small visual cue in her parent’s home and scales it up to create the entirety of this more ambiguous structure.

This installation explores the question, “If it was made by a human, is it naturally occurring?"

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About the Artist:
Sam Fresquez is an multimedia artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently an Undergraduate at Arizona State University working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia Art with a minor in Spanish. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2017 her work was shown at the Farmington Art Museum’s National Juried Exhibition, and she will be included in the 2018 Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art. She is also currently the Artist in Residence at Xico Arte y Cultura where she curated her first group exhibition this spring.

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