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MOCA Check In: Edison Peñafiel

Moca check in: edison peñafiel

What is your name and title/occupation?
Edison Peñafiel, Visual Artist

What are you reading/watching/listening to?
Reading: Asi Habla Un Q’ero by Nicolas Paucar

What are you working on right now (or how has your work changed over the last few months)?
These last few months have been a difficult time for making work, and I have just been feeding, analyzing, and digesting all the information and events happening globally. I have been working on deciphering the connections or at least finding a common denominator of all these events.
However, I am currently working on my Knight Arts Challenge project titled “Land Escape Paintings” which is a collection of large-scale compositions that will use elements of painting, photography, collage, and installation art. The work will be presented at Piero Atchugarry Gallery this fall.
This project is an extension of Land Escape multimedia installation which was presented at MoCA NoMi during the South Florida Consortium 2019 exhibition.

What are you most looking forward to once we are no longer sequestered?
Since the two art residencies I had scheduled for this year got postponed, I am very excited and looking forward to be able to do them next year. Residencies have become very important in my practice because of the challenge of adaptation, limited resources, and the benefits of sharing with other artists, and presenting my work new crowds.

Have you taken up any new activities?
Yes, during this time of lockdown I have re-taken on breathing exercises and meditation. These have been helpful to cope with the stress and monotony of these strange times of alienation. I also started a small edible garden on my balcony, and depending how they turn out, I will keep adding more plants.

Do you have a MOCA memory that you want to share?
I am just very grateful with the team at MoCA NoMi for the help I received during the mounting and adaptation of Land Escape multimedia installation for the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2019 exhibition, as well as being part of the panel discussion during the Hispanic Heritage month event.

South florida cultural consortium (sfcc) 2019 Land Escape
Photo: Edison Peñafiel


Current Online Exhibitions:
Life during Wartime: Art in the age of Coronavirus
USF Contemporary Art Museum [Online Viewing Room]
June 6 – December 12, 2020

Sabrina Amrani Gallery [Online Viewing Room]
Private Visit Only