F. María Velasco


F. María Velasco


F. María Velasco


installation art
participatory art
social practice

Artist Statement

My work exists at the intersection of art and social practice, where dialogue, process, and participation lead to new insights. I create site-specific installations, urban interventions, and participatory projects to investigate spaces, architecture; history; and, foremost, the human interactions intersecting them. My artistic practice is an opportunity to connect with a community, examine cultural conditions, and question assumptions about what we take for granted. Specifically, I deal with issues of displacement, migration, gender identity, vulnerability, and the structures of authority that govern our lives. To challenge the idea of ‘single authorship,’ I create open-ended works that invite viewers to become participants and even co-creators of the artistic experience. Ultimately, I see my practice as both social sculpture and an architecture of intimacy, conflating the private and the public, the inner and outer world; the work always in progress, seeking the necessary complicity with viewers. My creative interests have been amplified by becoming a mother. However it has been challenging to figure professional logistics, since parenting is rendered invisible - in the arts, in academia and the culture at large. "Intertwined Worlds" is a sketchbook collaboration with my ten-year-old son, Alex, who loves to draw and is a young artist. Through this exploration, I find a poignant unfolding of our worlds, a sort of peeking in each other's minds.


multiple authorship
single mother



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