● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais Photo courtesy of: Leticia Bajuyo
Corpus native and artist, Leticia Bajuyo delivers her thought-provoking artwork to the Beeville Art Museum on September 21, 2019 – December 14, 2019. The installation, comprised of glass pieces, drawings, artificial grass paintings, sculptures, and lots and lots of CDs and DVDs, investigates social perspectives beyond suburbia, where the American dream intersects with reality.
“I am especially excited about this upcoming exhibition titled Keystones, for the museum was interested in combining both my CD/DVD artworks with my suburban artworks,” says Leticia.
Keystones refers both to conceptual connections across the entire exhibition and to the archways in Leticia’s installation one can enter. As with almost all of her large-scale pieces, swirling vortexes accentuate the art, Leticia states that by designing shiny tunnels and horns with visible construction methods, her installations foster awareness of the thin line between desire and discard.
“Music devices and recording media visually recur in my artwork as metaphors for exploring fickle appetites. These discs are situated in the technological history of automated devices that read inscriptions and codes to reproduce experience. When I explore these concepts with donated discs, the collection becomes a visually displaced consciousness and collective memory that is woven into a fabric.”
The combination of traditional sculptural materials, items collected in the community, and her approach to the exhibition space as a wide-open canvas reflect in her teaching and her studio practice. Leticia teaches art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Across the country, Leticia’s large-scale public art installations are located at the Nashville International Airport, the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, and Lyon Square outdoor plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“In my artwork, I explore perceptions of value and expectation,” says Leticia. “In my studio practice, this manifests in a wide variety of media, subjects, and dimensions.”
The Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of Bee County and surrounding areas. In addition to exhibiting works by some of Texas’s most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Art Museum provides docent-led tours and art classes for children and adults and workshops for Beeville educators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“This is the first exhibition in which these two areas of my studio integrate into one exhibition. This opportunity is a special one, and I am humbled and honored to get to design and install in all five galleries of the museum,” Leticia shares.
The Beeville Art Museum, located at 401 E. Fannin, is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.