Being born deaf, queer, and identifying as non-binary, my work manifests from the complex intersections of both inherited and lived experiences. Utilizing a wide range of conceptually defined materials to build interdisciplinary and new media sculpture and installation, I find that these compulsive explorations often provide a visual metaphor for the deconstructive thought processes apparent in the research practices that prompted their creation. Challenged by the pervasive influence of colonialism, capitalism, and consumerism on everyday life, and critical of the ways in which these dominant discourses and associations came to be, my research probes academic cannons and marginalized moments in history to uncover tactics capable of shifting these systems of oppression we find ourselves ensnared in today. Through the power of re-centering diaspora-informed narratives, oral and non-verbal tradition, ritual, repetition, light, new-words, and magic, it is my great hope that this forming body of work will provide a vehicle for uncovering and untangling some of the intergenerational histories that simultaneously persist to haunt and evade us today,
Devin Alejandro-Wilder is a Latinx working artist who manipulates research-informed found and fabricated materials and processes to build large-scale sculpture and installation. Since completing their BA from Saint Michael's College in Burlington, VT in 2015 they have received fiscal support from the Shelburne Craft School and Generator Makerspace alongside participating in group shows in both VT and NY. Having recently moved back to their home state on TX, when they are not busy feeding strangers, they can be found hands deep in the hot earth, drinking many cold beverages, and manifesting new work in stained glass, film, flora and cement, alone, in their studio at the Museum of Human Achievement.