Victoria Ravelo, MFA candidate at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, is the seventh MFA degree-seeking student featured in Locust Projects’ LAB MFA open call. Ravelo will be in residence for the month of June, during which time she will transform the project space into a working laboratory in which she will create sugar sculptures daily using a hard candy recipe. The amorphous sculptures will capture and reflect natural light, and locals from the community will be invited to collaborate by donating and embedding materials that have personal significance (for example: items of clothing, handwritten notes, etc.). Ultimately, the altering and processing of these objects will form something autonomously new that still bears visible traces of its earlier forms, capturing the spirit and presence of a people within an area in a specific moment in time.
The finished work, on view from July 1 through August 7, serves as an archive of local memory and maps the cultural landscape of Miami's diverse communities. The goal is to expose unifying threads within the multiplicity of shared experiences that exist within Locust Projects’ surrounding communities-- predominantly composed of working-class people of the Caribbean and Latinx, African American diaspora-- and connect their individual narratives with that of greater Miami as a whole.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Victoria Ravelo was born in Miami to Cuban exiles. Her work reconciles the multiplicity of experiences shared by first-generation Americans, utilizing abstraction to address the ways we (re)interpret and (re)make the world(s) we navigate and inhabit.
Ravelo earned her BFA from the University of Miami in 2015, and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University in 2021. Recent exhibitions include: La casa vacía with Grupo Ánima in Havana, Cuba; but when you come from water, The Chapter House, Los Angeles, CA (2021); outlaw culture: or higher ground, curated by William Cordova at Bridge Red Studios, Miami, FL (2018); and solo exhibition, Now, at Miami Dade College, Homestead, FL (2016).
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