Ana Teresa Fernandez – Lifelike Paintings

Ana Teresa Fernandez

Ablution is a series of paintings that derive from performances that submerges the body into specific sites, addressing rituals of cleansing and maintenance, focusing on gender, labor, sexuality and race. What does it mean to be clean in today’s society? Using water as a metaphor for purity, and playing an ironic dirty twist for ”wetback”, these performances dive into history’s religious transformation from paganism; water as a symbol for fertility and strength, then into Catholicism; washing away our guilt, deconstructing a watered down identity as a bicultural immigrant. No matter how much we try to sculpt our own identities and bodies through repetitive actions, our reflection unto society can always be distorted and broken up through people’s own perceptions. Via Juxtapoz.

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  1. So cool to find this in my WordPress.com Reader! Ana’s a friend of mine. Her [awesome] paintings are only part of what her work spans. 🙂

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  2. Wow. Your work is really amazing. Is this oil or acrylic?

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  3. Muito impressionante.

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  4. Simply incredible! Cannot believe my eyes that these are paintings.

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  5. These are absolutely beautiful! They all look like photos.

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  6. Enjoyed seeing your exquisite work

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  7. Ana’s work is stunning! I will have to look for more of her work – thanks for introducing her talent to me!

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  8. Fascinating art, so alive.Wishing you world wide success. Jalal Michael

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  9. I really enjoyed these, they’re beautiful!!

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  10. The Anticipation

     /  July 23, 2012

    This is beautiful, very creative.

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  11. Simply stunning!

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  12. wooow.. this is beautiful………. i cant believe that a painting

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  13. I saw this paintings long ago on the internet and I was instantly impressed!! I love her work, I paint as well but my work is far away from the quality of her paintings. I wonder how long does it takes her to paint one piece. She is amazing, God bless that talent of hers.

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  14. I’ve never seen a artistic genre like this. How interesting and vivid!

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  15. waooo.. fantastic… nice picture…

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  16. APOML

     /  July 23, 2012

    Wow. Amazing

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  17. I absolutely LOVE your artwork!! Never seen anything quite like it. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Holy smokes!

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  19. lifelike paintings?! seriously, this artwork is amazing. reminds me of animae (idk spelling) but not. very cool.

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  20. RoniLynn

     /  July 23, 2012

    Whoa! These are unbelievable! I keep staring at them over and over again. So lifelike that I’m waiting for the subjects to move!! GREAT stuff!

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  21. interpretations7

     /  July 24, 2012

    You have amazing work. Отлично !

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  22. I can’t even imagine having that much talent — thank you for sharing!

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  23. Very cool, and congrats on being freshly pressed.

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  24. Thanks, Richard!

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  25. Awesome. Looks more like an HDR abused photo.

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  26. Fantastic art! So glad I was plunking around in WordPress today.

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  27. You really got me here. I thought they were photographs! Simply love it. Keep the excellent work up!

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  28. beautiful art..!!!

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  29. wow, stunning images, you are a talented artist thank you for being generous and sharing your creative gift.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  31. Shooken

     /  July 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on shooken and commented:
    Holy Crap! This is amazing!!

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  32. incredible

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  33. Reblogged this on To Flaneur and commented:
    Woah. This is phenomenal.

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  34. Pure talent! This art pieces are very impressive. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. strefainteraktywna

     /  July 24, 2012

    Great works, really! I’m impressed!

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  36. Love it. Fantastic art

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  37. Unas imágenes excelentes!!!

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  38. Reblogged this on seattleinspired and commented:
    xx

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  39. Claude The Muse

     /  July 24, 2012

    Amazing!

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  40. Really Awesome Work

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  41. Wow to Ana’s work and wow to you for ur blog site. I have to say that becos blogging is so often a verbal arena to discover this break from words and to have the pleasure of the visual and being able to sit with the feelings evoked, the beauty of form and colour and the movement was a joy. Thks Leanne (PS Congrats on FP)

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  42. beauuuuuuuuuuuuutiful paintings i thought they were photos awesome

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  43. J O I C E Blog

     /  July 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on Joice'sBlog.

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  44. Wow!! It’s hard to say it’s not a photograph.

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  45. These are beautiful and yet somehow distressing. Interesting work!

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  46. Makes me feel ever so slightly inadequate. Amazing!

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  47. Reblogged this on LauraKrystle.

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  48. I love your artworks. So much intriguing! The way you express there really absorbs my mind.

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  49. Amazinggggggggggggg

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  50. I wish I could paint like that. The two paintings of the woman swimming in high heels are awesome. 😀

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  51. Your treatment of the waters surface and the lights reaction with it is awesome.

    Brilliant work !!!

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  52. Ann

     /  July 24, 2012

    WOW! I can’t believe that these are paintings. It looks so real and so lifelike. Even after reading the title, I checked four or five times to make sure that they are paintings. Still I am not convinced! Amazing! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  53. I love paintings like this. Thanks for sharing them, and congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

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  54. Hi Alexis,What awesome art! Ana Teresa Fernandez is inspiring. Where does she show her artwork? http://www.segmation.wordpress.com

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  55. just stunning!

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  56. Wow, those paintings are amazing. It’s really impressive how much they look like photos. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  57. Thanks everyone, such an honor to be Fresh Pressed! Ana’s work is truly amazing! I have contacted her in hopes that she can also appreciate all of your praise. If you guys want to see more, here is a link to her website:

    http://anateresafernandez.com/

    Enjoy!!

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  58. These are gorgeous!

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  59. Super cool photos!

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  60. Wait… those are paintings… WOW!!

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  61. kristennemarie

     /  July 24, 2012

    Wonderful paintings!

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  62. Thank you for sharing ,i like nice post

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  63. Incredible! How she paints the water is amazing! Thanks for sharing! 😉

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  64. Beautiful

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  65. nazarioartpainting

     /  July 24, 2012

    Nice look real.

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  66. Brett Higham

     /  July 24, 2012

    Some ridiculous paintings!

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  67. In a worid where photography is thriving, the painbtings are surprisingly different and artistic.

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  68. Reblogged this on dfmw and commented:
    some brilliant realism

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  69. Reblogged this on Re Imaged and commented:
    Life, art & blogs

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  70. Reblogged this on f e l p A R T.

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  71. wow. wow! WOW!!! These are awesome! they look so real! Great work!

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  72. Hevel Löwen

     /  July 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on The Realm of Wonder and commented:
    Nice!

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  73. wow these are beautiful!!
    the colors and textures are so vivid!!
    thanks for sharing 🙂
    http://wattwewear.wordpress.com/

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  74. jdtphotography.co.uk

     /  July 24, 2012

    Absolutely stunning. These images really make you stop, look and look again. Fascinating work

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  75. This is the coolest art work I have ever seen, you are good keep the great work up.Cheers Callie

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  76. These are amazing! You have inspired me as a writer with these. I write experimental poetry and I think these will provide me with some great ideas! Thank you.

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  77. Reblogged this on Charlottes Row Blog and commented:
    This is such a beautiful and inspiring post!

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  78. These truly are beautiful, reflective pieces Ana. You should be proud that you are both a technically talented artist and an effective story teller.

    Well done!

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  79. Powerful!

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  80. Outstanding pieces. The realism is amazing, I am just waiting for the subjects to start moving. Truly one of the most talented artists I’ve seen in a long time.

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  81. amazing ~~~~~

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  82. Alyssa

     /  July 25, 2012

    Awesome! Looks incredibly real; who would’ve thought that these are paintings. 😀

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  83. vincedicaro

     /  July 25, 2012

    Clap clap clap, amazing paintings ^_____^

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  84. Red Toenails

     /  July 25, 2012

    Very beautiful art. It is also nice to hear the inspiration behind such are as well. Very interesting.

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  85. Beautiful paintings, achieving that hyperreal quality that is more life like than life.

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  86. The third one is incredibly beautiful.

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  87. lilybunny5

     /  July 25, 2012

    I love the one in the bathtub as I was looking at the description I completely felt like i understood it. I am not particularly religious in the conventional way, but I love the context and concept of these paintings. really beautiful and honest work.

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  88. Reblogged this on The Nerd Word and commented:
    Bellissima.

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  89. everythingilluminate

     /  July 25, 2012

    your art work is amazing!

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  90. Beautiful and extraordinary. I have written Ana’s name in my (pen and paper) notebook and will keep my eye out for anything she does. Truly marvelous paintings.

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  91. Amazing! The colors are so beautiful as well.

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  92. firstthinginthemorning

     /  August 2, 2012

    this is awesome!!

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