These works are about translation and interpretation and the perceptual shifts that occur in the process. I am specifically attentive and interested in areas where the translation doe not fit the media, framework or the expectations of the translator. This interest is directly related to my constant and restless search for answers and a deep level of uncertainty. I tend to process ideas through drawing, Spanish, English, painting, performance, painting, digital imaging, and photography because each offers a different point of view.
I am interested in complicating and confusing my bodily understanding of the media and look for failure and erasure of culture, identity, and clear-cut ideas. I am very suspect of minimalist and reductionist tendencies and prefer to complicate easy answers.
The 8 drawings below evolve out of my initial angry reaction to the death of one of my students. Initially I blamed the racist society but as the work continued to evolve categories like; immigration, abuse, education, poverty, enabling, schema, cognitive dissonance, accommodation and assimilation both physiological and sociological, class, curriculum, multiple intelligence and second language acquisition and its relation to cultural acquisition, differentiation, where fleshed out through the different media and lens used. Each layer is a new translation formatted and influenced by the medium and the concept explored. My interest is not to complicate for the sake of confusing, but to expand my categories outside of what I thing I know.
Artist Bio / CV
One person shows: Aljira a center for contemporary art on October 2011; Simon Liou Gallery (Brooklyn), May 2006; Pierro Gallery of South Orange, October 2004; Seaton Hall Law School, September-January 2009; Snug Harbor Cultural Center, “Outside the Frame, Staten Island (performances), April 1995; Jersey City Museum, Sept 1994; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, Dec 1991
Publications: New Jersey News, “State of the Art”, November2008; Brooklyn Rail, “Regina Bogat and Fausto Sevila: Vertical, June 2006, pp25; Trans Cultural New Jersey; Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities , 2004, pp. 81; NJ News Video, “Brick City Lessons”, Reinventing Newark Schools, March 1999, A Passion for Teaching from ASCD – published poem, March 1999
Grants: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, September 1999; Heart Grant, June 1999; Heart Grant, August1998; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, September 1998; New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Year 1998; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 1995; Wheeler Foundation, Inc, May 1994; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, March 1994