we’re just so glad you’re home at 81 Leonard: The Ophelia Arc Q&A.

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“One of the things I found immediately intoxicating about Ophelia’s work early on is something I allude to in the exhibition’s text – that her practice is filled with contradictions that beautifully coexist. It’s the use of tender materials that result into confrontational forms with several layers embedded in each piece. It was interesting to note that while Ophelia had been active in shows before, not much was written expanding on her practice. Driven by thorough analytic research combined with personal experience, I wanted this show to contribute to a foundational understanding of what her work entails. The viewer is still able to go in subjective since Ophelia’s work intentionally leaves gaps for speculation, but we’re just so glad you’re home should help shed some light into Ophelia’s world.”

– Nakai Falcón

Ophelia Arc: “I love its tactility. As someone who would self-identify agressivly obsessive, it’s really important for my hand to be present in the whole process of construction. Crochet is the only fiber art technique that cannot be replicated by machine, which is another reason I feel very drawn to it. There’s an undeniability of my touch in a way. Proof of existence.”

OA: “I’d say it’s research-driven, first and foremost. I find my work situating itself within conceptual art practice and craft, two forms of art that are usually seen as contradictory. My execution is very craft-heavy, carrying a strong lineage of overseen or undervalued labor, with its bone structure focusing on my research interests, which are then molded or rather translated by memory and personal experience.”

OA: “When Nakai first mentioned the title amongst a few other contenders, it stood out immediately. Home and childhood serve as major themes in everything I do. I often draw inspiration from my home, whether in a metaphorical sense or in a tangible sense, like with my “flesh home” sculpture, which is a self-embodiment of a home derived from the dollhouse I had growing up.”

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