The Artist's Voice
Mythical Creatures and Cultural Resistance
Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes, co-organizer of Fore, speaks with Firelei Báez, Caitlin Cherry and Yashua Klos about their participation in the exhibition and their mutual fascination with the space between reality and fantasy.
Báez, Cherry and Klos each draw upon myths and folklore in their artistic practice. Báez references Caribbean folk tales, interrupting a narrative that privileges social and racial categories and inserting characters whose identities are comprised of elements of the human, animal and natural worlds. In her large-scale paintings, Cherry uses a golem as an avatar for the human race to explore issues ranging from adolescence to political histories. Klos’s woodblock collages emerge out of the detritus of the urban landscape, revealing faces, faces that challenge the notion of males as both present and absent in the socially constructed urban core.