Class of ’87, Dominican origins, Lucia Hierro is a conceptual artist born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC.
Her career is intertwined with personal history, raw material for the cultural and social reflections of her works.
Between Pop Art, minimalism and the “troublesome” tradition of still life, ironically defined by the artist for the documentary insistence of Dutch culture. Captured by the symbolism of these languages, Lucia Hierro expresses herself through everyday objects of Latinx culture and New York neighborhoods, showing contrasts and connections between cultures and social classes.
Social identity is the focus of the artist’s artistic and personal journey, which translates her reflections into digital prints, sculptures, installations and narrative collages. Exploiting the sense of familiarity evoked by the materials, Lucia works by “layers of meaning” as in the Bodegon or Mercado series that tell our consumer history in an intimate and personal way.
Identification is a fundamental point of her work: “what is more personal than a material that you wear, or sleep in, or sit on?”. The object becomes a model of life, it speaks to us of the “invisible jobs” of immigrant communities, of a culture that is as fluid as it is classist and exclusive.
Lucia Hierra pursues her debate by juxtaposing familiar and unfamiliar realities and images to distort, abstract and question the place of these objects in our lives and our place in the society of objects.
In this reality, consumerism dictates the rules and the giant transparent shopping bags full of all kinds of items become the synonym of our daily life. In front of Lucia Hierro’s works we feel suspended between a personal, subjective narration and a collective discourse that challenges each of us.
The objects are the currency of our time, as each one varies we see a different model of living, “even if you do not see a specific face, the human condition is everywhere”.