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DAVID CUATLACUATL

1989-2017
born in Coapan, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
David received his MFA degree at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his BFA from Ball State University. 
"loves tacos al pastor and atole de calabaza"

 

Artist Statement

Seeing the limited conditions of people native to my hometown and south of the border helped me develop a certain worldview. I believe this has a major influence on me and on my work today. The lack of modern development in third world countries allows for intuitive abilities together with a strong working ethic to excel during the everyday life. It is this idea of intuition and practical problem solving, which I celebrate in my work processes. 

I respond to an age of intense mobility, both voluntary and coerced, with hybrid processes and mixed media. A dislocated temporal presence is connoted through the use of found materials, which carry the imprint of their former lives. Selected application of assemblage disorients the fictional and illusionistic space connoted within the frame. Using strategies of modern art and vernacular forms, I blur boundaries of low and high art. I often attempt to take a neophyte approach to dismantle structures of hierarchy, to dissolve barriers of property and value.


I am a collector of objects, attracted by their color, texture, form, and scale. I forge relationships with my surroundings through my interaction with these objects. Simultaneously respecting and bracketing their previous history, I bring them to my studio and host them in my work. The struggle to place these orphans in a new context and setting of formal investigations drives the creation and compositional possibilities.