Eva Fernandez was born in Toronto, Canada and lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. She completed a Master of Arts at Edith Cowan University in 2002 and has been a practising artist for over two decades, working across digital based media and installation. She has had six solo exhibitions and been invited to exhibit in several group shows nationally including, Girls on Film and Mix Tape at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Transient States at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and more recently at the National Gallery of Victoria and Adelaide.
Fernandez’s practice is essentially concerned with the exploration and negotiation of the space which she inhabits in context to its complex histories and the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism.
Fernandez’s investigates her own cultural inheritance in her current work focusing on cultural dislocation, as she negotiates her pluralistic identity in context to contemporary issues of global displacement and Spanish Diaspora in the 20th century.
As the child of post Spanish Civil War migrants, Fernandez’s family, like many others, were displaced and left with a fragmented history. By carefully delving into the disremembered spaces of her past, Fernandez has been able to unearth narratives in order to evoke images to piece together fragments of a shattered, emotional and forgotten past. Drawing on these fragments, her works embodies the traces, voices and memories from the past that are blended and embedded with reference to Spanish art and history.