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Published on October 14, 2020

Glendalys Medina

Glendalys Medina is a Nuyorican conceptual interdisciplinary visual artist who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx. Medina received an MFA from Hunter College and has presented artwork at such notable venues as PAMM, Participant Inc., Performa 19, Artists Space, The Bronx Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Vigo, Spain, and The Studio Museum in Harlem among others. Medina was a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2020), a Jerome Hill Foundation Fellowship (2019), an Ace Hotel New York City Artist Residency (2017), a SIP fellowship at EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (2016), a BACK IN FIVE MINUTES artist residency at El Museo Del Barrio (2015), a residency at Yaddo (2014, 2018), the Rome Prize in Visual Arts (2013), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art (2012), and the Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace residency (2010). Medina is currently a professor at SVA’s MFA Art Practice program and lives and works in New York.

Medina investigates how patterns like habits, perspective, and value structures download into our psyche. Historically societies categorized and define using image and language. To redefine history Medina blends geometry, neuro-linguistic programming, self-help, the New Thought movement, Caribbean and Hip-Hop culture into an interdisciplinary practice that deconstructs image and language disrupting the downloading of patterns to create new value structures to reclaiming a higher self, a "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" Übermensch.

Glendalys Medina, Ms. Puerto Rico & Mr. Borikén, 2019, Paper, marker, nails, and thread 63 x 40.5 inches each