Daughter of an immigrant mother, Conchi Sanford’s work reflects her own cultural diversity and calls into question social constructs that pertain to identity. Her interest is not so much in the experience, but in the psychological impact that the experience has on the individual and how that manifests itself in the individual’s psyche. While Conchi’s concentration is on sculpture, she creates pieces in a variety of mediums, which allows for much freedom. Conchi holds a Master in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University conferred in December of 2011. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa and at Mt San Jacinto College in Menifee. In addition, she is the Curriculum Developer and Writer for the After-School Arts Enrichment Program in the Santa Ana Unified School District.
Hive is a multi-sensory installation, inspired by bees. Part of the confessional series and as with each of my interactive sculptures, viewers must become active participants in the work. Each hanging beehive shaped dome is attached to another though a sound tube to create an intricate pattern only seen in nature. As participants engage by standing inside the domes, a small light turns on and sound fills the space. Each with its own distinctive sound. Active participants can engage with each other through the sound tubes or simply meditate and reflect.
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