Grant Summary
Artist Statement
My artistic practice addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mediate, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. Using installation, sculpture, performance, sound, and collaborative approaches, my work negotiates visibility, belonging, and the politics of location. I respond to the psychic and physical atmosphere of place through multi-year projects that span a range of formats and scales. Working within historically marginalized sites often means dealing with the harrowing repercussions of systemic erasure. Therefore, it is essential that the artistic projects I generate with others are based in forms of liberatory action. Influenced by the hyper-local, I challenge understandings of geography and the social constructions of space by mediating, subverting, and flipping the familiar or unnoticed to provoke new interpretations.
  • Radioactive: Stories From Beyond the Wall 2018, Maria Gaspar , Dimensions Variable. Audio and Visual Broadcast on Cook County Jail Wall, Chicago. Photography: Sarah-Ji Rhee *Supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Artist As Activist Fellowship and Creative Capital.

  • Unblinking Eyes, Watching 2019, Maria Gaspar, Vinyl Adhesive 40’ X 26’. Photography: Clare Britt.

  • Soy Paz, Soy Más 2020, Maria Gaspar Featured as part of In Plain Sight (conceived by Cassils and rafa esparza). Sky-typed message above Coastal Bend Detention Center (Robstown, TX). Video documentation: Ronald L. Jones.

  • Wretched and Paramount (from series) 2014-16, Maria Gaspar Inkjet Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Sourced from Google Earth.