April D. Felipe
Never choosing a moral side, the details of Felipe’s work create a crushing impact as her work questions the qualitative nature of identity as defined by layers of memory. Plantains are laurels or burdens, maybe both. The gravity of choice, even when the details feel predestined in all directions, frames the query of her struggle. Nostalgic pattern-on-pattern is an embraceable caution, perhaps the epitome of the sublime universal search for self.
Born in, Queens, New York, Felipe recalls the city was an amazing place to grow up, exposing her to a wide variety of characters, constant action, and energy compacted into small spaces. Reflecting on her struggle to fit in among different groups in her life caused her to question the way we construct personal history in service to our desire to belong. In her more recent work, she considers the tale of The Ugly Duckling, a narrative that perpetuates if you do not visually belong. Felipe received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and then worked for Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. In 2007 she enrolled in the ceramics graduate program at Ohio University, receiving her MFA in 2010. She currently lives in Ohio, working for the Dairy Barn Arts Center and working in her studio.
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