Lucia Hierro is a Dominican American conceptual artist born and raised in New York City, Washington Heights/Inwood, currently working in the Bronx. She received a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2010) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2013). She has exhibited in shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Brooklyn, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, Paris Photo, Casa Quien in the Dominican Republic and recently at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in Harlem. Residencies include: Yaddo, Redbull House of Art, Casa Quien, Fountainhead Residency, Bronx Museums Artist in the Market program. Her work is part of the JP Morgan Chase art collection and the Rennie collection in Vancouver.
Hierro’s work explores the body as a collection of fragmented signifiers that includes language, taste, and culture. Hierro addresses these ideas across a broad platform of techniques that include digital media, collage, and felt constructions. As a Dominican American artist, her status as a bi-lingual female artist requires that she work across multiple media in much the same way she works across gender and culture on a daily basis. The series titled Mercado (soft sculptural objects resembling oversized translucent tote bags filled with images/ images of objects), utilizes digital media, painting, installation art, sculpture and color theory as tools to tackle ideas of exclusion and privilege. The bags employ signifiers from pop culture, everyday items such as Vick’s Vaporub/supermarket circulars to engage the viewer in a discourse on issues of class, culture and identity. The works in the Bodegones or “still life” series as well as Mercado explore the symbiotic relationship between personal narrative and larger economic structures.