ARTIST TALK: Leticia Bajuyo

at Tony Hillerman Library

Guest artist Leticia Bajuyo from Indiana, who created a site-specific sculpture at Tony Hillerman Library, pulls materials and objects from the mainstream cycle of capitalist consumerism and tailors them to dialogues about local or regional cultural identities. Her interests in perception began with her own history of growing up bi-racial in a small town on the border of Illinois and Kentucky. Bajuyo is a Professor of Art at Hanover College and is currently a visiting faculty member the University of Notre Dame. 516 ARTS first showed her work in Here & There: Seeing New Ground for LAND/ART (2009) and has continued the dialogue with her through our shared participation in the National Performance Network’s Visual Arts Network.

Leticia Bajuyo returned to 516 ARTS to create Amplitude II, a new sculptural installations in the DECADE exhibition at 516 ARTS and at the Tony Hillerman Library. Bajuyo says, “Music devices are a recurring visual in my artworks for exploring fickle appetites. The compact disc is situated in a technological history of automated devices that read inscriptions and codes to reproduce experience. As old CDs and DVDs are donated, the collection becomes a visually displaced consciousness and collective memory, which is woven into a fabric.” In response to the glass atrium and open rafters of the Tony Hillerman Library, Bajuyo designed a site-specific sculpture inspired by the idea of connecting two victrola horns end-to-end. She describes how, “with the absence of a source for producing sound, this silent sculpture titled Amplitude II can only visually portray amplitude in the arc of the form and abundance of digital memory. As Amplitude II stretches between two sides of the library like a wormhole across space in a science fiction novel, this sculpture makes visible the thin line of perception between desire and discard.” Bajuyo was assisted by students from Amy Biehl High School on this project.

 Made possible with special support from City Councilor Diane Gibson, District 7