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Walgreens Windows

VANESSA DIAZ
Walgreens Windows

A Demand which Could Only be Satisfied Later

Appropriation, site specificity, impermanence, accumulation, and hybridization characterize a collection of oddments left over from human endeavors. A Demand which Could Only be Satisfied Later is a site-specific piece developed for the ‘window display’ viewing experience. Referencing notions of allegory, this installation is centered on fragmented methods of visual merchandising to instigate an alternative perspective on utility, and comment on desires to collect for the living space.

Vanessa Diaz is a sculpture and installation artist based in south Florida. Her work utilizes scavenged furnishings, building materials and cast aside objects to explore notions of unfamiliarity and reconsider architectural space. In 2016, Ms. Diaz was awarded a Cintas Fellowship in Visual Arts, as well as a Windgate Fellowship for visiting artist in residence at the University of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Ms. Diaz has developed solo projects for Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL and the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. She is currently working on a large-scale exhibition opening October 2018 at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee. Her practice is highly influenced by new locations and encompasses an on site approach to developing projects. She often travels to make her work, and has participated in artist residency programs throughout the United States, in Bavaria, France, and most recently at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.

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The Walgreens Windows project space is graciously funded by Walgreens, in partnership with The Bass, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts, and Culture. Featuring emerging artists on a rotating basis, this collaboration furthers The Bass’ mission to present contemporary art to the surrounding community, in order to excite, challenge and educate.