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DIANA EUSEBIO
ALCHEMY: PIGMENTS OF PROBABILITY

Thurs., June 20 – Sun., August 18





Opening Reception

Thurs., June 20 | 5 - 8 pm

Guest - $7 | Members – FREE

Refreshments will be served.

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Diana Eusebio is a Peruvian-Dominican multidisciplinary artist whose practice is centered on color and its cultural significance. Eusebio’s process is informed by research of naturally dyed textiles from Indigenous Latin American and Afro-Caribbean traditions, recognizing their connection to nature and their role as carriers of ancestral wisdom. Eusebio's fusion of ancestral and modern techniques, including dyeing and photography, contributes to contemporary cultural preservation and celebrates the rich heritage and Pre-Columbian knowledge embedded within these communities. Her work is a powerful testament to the enduring cultural tapestry of these regions.

 

Alchemy: Pigments of Probability,is a culmination of years of extensive research on the indigenous art of alchemizing plants and natural materials into color. In this specific body of work, she features seven different natural materials native to Miami, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, such as Cochineal, Avocados, Bija (Annatto), Spanish Moss, Indigo, Jagua, and Palo de Campeche (Logwood), often sourcing them directly from the landscape. The imagery in the works is digitally printed onto fabric and combine both archival photos of her past experiences with family and landscape, and imagined photos created with AI to reconstruct images of her family’s history in the Dominican Republic and Peru. Combining traditional practices and modern technologies, Diana explores collective memory processes, constructing familiar archives and textile traditions reflective of her ancestral past and family’s future legacy. The multi-layered process of creating these compelling new pieces is reflective of the complexities of recovering and recording Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean histories.


The exhibition in Gallery 2 is the eighth in our Oolite Collaborations series with Oolite Arts.


The exhibition brochure includes a text by Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora.

Diana Eusebio graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Fiber concentrated in Experimental Fashion and a minor in photography. She has presented her work at the MoMa, Hall of Nations, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, and Rubell Museum. Studio residencies include Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO; Red Hook Labs, NY, NY; Oolite Arts, Miami; AIRIE Fellowship, Everglades National Park; INDEX MECA Art Fair, Dominican Republic; Deering Estate Studio Residency, Miami. Awards include the Obama administration’s U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts–the highest national honor for a young artist, National YoungArts Jorge M. Perez $25,000 Award, and the inaugural Knight Artist Housing Award supporting her current and ongoing two-year studio residency at Oolite Arts in Miami Beach.

Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora is a transnational Black Dominican Studies scholar and spoken-word poet. Her research interests include theorizing AfroLatinidad in the context of race, gender, and sexuality through Afro-diasporic approaches. Her forthcoming book, Cigüapa Unbound: AfroLatina Feminist Epistemologies of Tranceformation examines the transnational Black Dominican narratives put forth in the work of Firelei Baez, Elizabeth Acevedo, Nelly Rosario, Ana Lara, Loida Maritza Pérez, Josefina Baez, Cardi B, and La Bella Chanel. Dr. Zamora pays close attention to how they embody their blackness, produce knowledge, and shift the geographies of black feminism. Her work has been published in Small Axe, The Black Scholar, Post45, Latinx Talk, Label Me Latina/o, among others. She has been featured on Telemundo Chicago, the New Jersey State Ledger, NPR’s Alt.Latino podcast, ABC Chicago’s Windy City Live, and on VICE. She fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a black poetic approach to cultural studies. Dr. Zamora is an assistant professor of Afro Latinx studies with the Departments of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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Diana Eusebio Alchemy: Pigments of Probability is funded in partnership with Oolite Arts.

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