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Past Fellow

Joey Enríquez

Biography

Based in Washington, DC, Joey Enríquez makes sculptural work and printmaking. Originally a graphic designer from Southern California, they transitioned from design to art in 2017 to explore a more interdisciplinary creative practice. Their most recent work consists of clay monotype prints that appropriate imagery and text from their grandmother’s photo albums along with clay and soil prints made while running and biking along the Potomac River; they unearth family narratives of memory loss and location as well as reveal sites of entropy and inadvertent human encroachment in open spaces. Their other work consists of sculpture and digital renderings about location, movement through space, and passage of time.

Enríquez earned their BA in Art–Design from California Lutheran University in 2018 and their MFA. in Fine Arts at George Washington University in 2020. They are currently a Fellow with Hamiltonian Artists in the 2020–2022 cohort and were awarded a residency through The Studios at MASS MOCA in November 2021. Enríquez is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, American University, George Mason University, and Carroll Community College.

Artist statement

In my work, I investigate erasure of memory and experience, environmental decay, and movement through lineage across temporal spaces. I explore the effects of generational trauma and the development of contemporary social relations by looking to archives and catalogued narratives. My own movement through space is essential in the development of the sculptural objects I build and the prints that I create. I warp the site-specificity of each object and installation in order to create friction between the linear thinking of the canon of recorded history and the reality of the spatial relations we establish. Disrupting fact and fiction, past and present, I point to power dynamics, such as race, gender, and environment, that have been put in place to silence marginalized experiences and endanger the future survival of silenced identity and experience.

With my most recent sculptural work, I questioned the record of my maternal family history and the erasure of their, and subsequently my own, mexicanx identity. Through adapting and altering the process of adobe brick making, I fabricated a sculptural ruin, “if you cant find your own, store-bought is fine” (2020), based on the real ruin of a wall at my great great grandmother’s property in New Mexico. Here, the murder of my great great grandmother and one of her daughters had been lost in time, while a newspaper article recorded the event, it remained unspoken about by future generations of my family after assimilating into white American society.

Mostly relying on the abstraction of my own memory as time passes, I constructed and stacked each brick with a sense of desperation. I became compelled to forge a ruin before my memory faded and became no longer legible. Juxtaposing a murder with a captivating, monumental ruin-like adobe wall fragment, I emphasize the invisible acceptance of glossing over traumatic histories of oppression, cultural death, and erasure of identity in my work.

Past Exhibition

ruined on a riverbank

April 2–May 7, 2022

Joey Enríquez’s site-specific installation comprising sculptural brick arrangements, raw-earth paintings, and topographical histories of Washington, DC pieces together contemporary realities.…

Past Exhibition

Unexpected Occurrences

June 4–August 27, 2022

Hamiltonian Artists and the Kreeger Museum are pleased to present Unexpected Occurrences, a contemporary response to a modern collection, featuring the work of Hamiltonian Artists’…

Past Exhibition

new.now. (2021)

February 13–March 21, 2021

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to partner with Culture House to present new.now., debuting the work of Hamiltonian’s five distinguished 2020–2022 Fellows, María Luz Bravo, Jason…


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