Assistant Professor O. Gustavo Plascencia – photography and foundations

I was raised in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. I attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas “Ruben Herrera” in Saltillo, Mexico before immigrating to the USA. I received my MFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder in Photography and Media Arts and my BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Não Preciso da Prova, Je Suis Perdu (No Need of Proof, I Am Lost)
Mixed media on canvas: Silver gelatin prints, leaves, beeswax, and wood, 50” x 30”, 2014)

In my work I examine the constructive nature of identity, the conflict that individuals face building their identities, and the dichotomy of private and public lives. My work challenges the dualities – and sometimes conflicts – between domesticity and utilitarianism, personal and communal, self and society. I explore ideas of home, belonging, loss, self, gender, and domesticity.

In teaching, I have the unique opportunity to empower individuals to discover their potential and the ability to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach that potential. I recognize that different people learn differently and I must accommodate my teaching style to reach all of my students. In my classes, my students learn about analog and digital photography, medium and large format cameras, and alternative processes. Additionally we explore projects that examine interdisciplinary approaches, social change, service learning, and community outreach.

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