Leticia Bajuyo, Texas Sculpture Group

From Corpus Christi, Texas

Artist Statement:

In my studio practice, When I focus on the cyclical consumer behavior between feeling in control and being controlled which yields the utilization of recognizable domestic forms of houses and yards. I borrow everyday signifiers of affluence, success, leisure, and ease to explore social incongruities and symptomatic solutions as the promise of happiness and the American dream seem ever just beyond reach.

In sculptural series such as Not So Little Engine and Tighten Your Belt, I combine variations of size and proportion to physically invoke a meta-narrative where one is both inside and outside, both subject and object, and both in control and being controlled. These comparisons of perception address a drive to create a version of nature and of society with which we are comfortable. By transforming suburban stereotypes into symbols and visual markers that delight and at the same time spur a critical stance, I craft an irony-inflected dystopian vision of the suburban fantasy.

Artist Biography:

A Filipinx-American artist who lives, works, teaches in Corpus Christi, Texas, Leticia R. Bajuyo is an interdisciplinary artist, object maker, and sculptor.  Bajuyo received her M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville  and her B.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame.  Beginning fall 2017, Bajuyo joined the faculty at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi where she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture.  Prior to this professorship in Texas, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Notre Dame and Professor of Art at Hanover College.