Carolina Cuevas is a Cuban-American artist currently based in the bay area. Cuevas is currently pursuing her Master in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Minnesota Street Project, Berkeley Art Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco, San Jose’s Quilts and Textile Museum, International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, and in Kansas City Artist Coalition. She is the recipient of several awards including the Barclay Simpson Award, Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, Cultura Power Fellowship, and the Knight Foundation. She has her work in the San Jose’s Quilts and Textiles permanent collection.
Hand to fabric, hand to clay, a hand to alter/altar. My hands hold, unfold, clasp to the materials to shape a remnant of me, of those with me, of those before me. Passing the shuttle back and forth from one hand to another and seeing the slow progression of every single line of thread building up to a whole. My pieces are a multi-layered exploration of materials in time and history. I am the storyteller and my words, my language, are fiber and clay. My tongue ravels and unravels like a knotted string to make sense of my surroundings. Language exists in my mother's gaze, in my sister’s laughter, in my partner’s skin, and in the processes and materials that have existed long before me. They whisper their own histories and stories, and I tell them mine. My work is about stories that places and people carry with them. The tension of our relationships, the body, and material. I use clay, fibers, and the archive as a way to demonstrate the constant evolution of these stories and relationships. I want my work to exist not only as objects but as moments and people that I carry with me.