Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez
Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez is a Salvadoran-American artist from Prince George's County, Maryland. She received her BFA at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work is based on notions of memory, personal and historical amnesia that trace the veins of the Central American diaspora. In an attempt to reconcile with her personal and cultural histories and memories, she combines images, installations and text that validate truth, false memories, filtered history and fantasy. Ramirez currently works and lives in the Greater Houston area.
Artist Statement My practice is a way of reconciling with sifted narratives and histories. I combine memories, false memories, and truth to formulate visual attempts to better understand relationships between neighboring nations, cultures, as well as personal and familial bonds. I research the Central American diaspora to cultivate questions about historical events and investigate gaps that remain in those narratives both culturally and personally. Through images and materials, I concretize absence, false memories, and the gap between truth and fantasy that are influenced by the purifying of histories. The work confronts the management of historical consequence. I respond to images from various resources both from personal to media archives and select specific materials that consider each sourced image histories, context and purpose. Isolated color is chosen through a specific process.
Birthplace PG County, MD
"were friends/foes now foes/friends", outdoor installation at the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX
League City, Texas 77573