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In this lecture given in April 1989 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago-based, Puerto Rican artist Bibiana Suarez states that the value of art is dependent on its power to reveal the artist’s innermost world, and to preserve that essence through the work. Her own production reflects a search for identity and the trials of living split between two cultures. She believes that “ . . . Puerto Ricans lack national identity . . . ” due to their ambivalent situation as an annexed territory, and as such she locates herself in a world mirroring such duality. She also states, “The Hispanic tradition of religious imagery that combines spiritual with secular concerns has also been influential to my work.” Suarez mentions the development of her working methods, and how, over time, she has moved from drawing—which she terms a “direct” media that allows for the exploration of images through structure—to exploring the use of color in painting and three-dimensional artworks.
This manuscript by Bibiana Suaréz was delivered as a lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in April 1989. The Puerto Rican-born artist Bibiana Suarez has lived in Chicago since 1980, where she received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Puerto Rico and has written about bicultural identity, the politics of the colonial relationship of the United States and Puerto Rico, and contemporary art.