14 - Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz—Tapping into a Legacy of Body and Effort to Level the Playing Field

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 Vivian Liddell and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Vivian Liddell and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Peachy Keen headed down to Orlando, Florida for Spring Break and met up with local artist and educator Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. Bronx-born to Puerto Rican parents, Raimundi-Ortiz talks us through her teenage years attending the fabled “Fame” school (LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) and creating her Wepa Woman superheroine.

She explains how she got schooled at Skowhegan and Rutgers (hanging around with such highfalutin art-world characters as Robert Storr) where she learned to use her own body to tell her own story on her own terms as a performance artist. She breaks down how her hilarious "Ask Chuleta" character ended up on YouTube and we talk at length about teaching with what she calls "cultural spackle" to fill in the gaps that may be missing in students' education.

Ever wonder what to say when your Uber driver finds out you’re an artist and asks “What’s the big deal with Mondrian?” Raimundi-Ortiz knows how to walk the lines and switch the codes and she’s got your answer.

 Studio view of work in progress from the Reinas (Queens) Series

Studio view of work in progress from the Reinas (Queens) Series

 Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz performance: The Pietà Project .

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz performance: The Pietà Project.

 Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as "Ask Chuleta"

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as "Ask Chuleta"

Related Links:

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery IDENTITY: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, SkittLeZMusicTV, Townie Tourist

Contemporary artists referenced in this episode: Abigail DeVille, Tara Donovan, Gabriel Orozco, Wangechi Mutu, Frank Stella, Sol LeWitt, Fred Wilson, Whitfield Lovell, Rackstraw Downes, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Nikki S. Lee, LaToya Ruby Frazier

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You can find more images from our studio visit on Instagram (feed below).

Ready to jump into the weekend! 🇺🇸🍑🍻⛽️✨Morning sketch. “Leaping, Man” Oil and oil pastel on canvas 16 x 20” - - - - - - - #hairyass #figurativeart #malenudes #femalegaze #womenpaintingmen #mericafuckyeah #merica🇺🇸 #modernritual #rvjumping #seriousart MAN I 2017 Synthetic polymer and charcoal on canvas 76 x 58” This is the very 1st painting from the Men series—it’s been sitting untouched taking up a ridiculous amount of space (it’s the same size as de Kooning’s “Woman I”) in my studio for 6 mos because I couldn’t decide if it was done. Finally took it outside to photograph it today. I like it, but it’s one of those transition paintings; a standalone. It was a bridge from the stained abstractions with fabric I did last year into the gessoed oils. I’m about to walk back over that bridge in the opposite direction. - - - - - - #womenpaintingmen #dekooning #abex #abstractexpressionism #malenude #abstractnude #malefigure #evelknievel #painting #contemporaryfigurativeart #figurativeart Voter/studio selfie. Early voting time #athensga ! #imageorgiavoter🍑 😍❤️ Magnolia=next level flower smells! Looking forward to an afternoon of making maquettes with my boys under the 🌸 spell... ✨Men Tailgating (Study)✨ 2018 Charcoal, ink and synthetic polymer paint on paper 48.25 x 59" If you’ve noticed me slowing down the pace on posting my little morning oil sketches, it’s because I’ve been working bigger... lots o new weirdo big history type drawings, four up on my website. Peachy Keen Episode 15 is live! 🍑🤓🎤🎧🎨🎧🎤🤓🍑Athens Ga artist Yvonne Studevan ( @vyvonnestudevan ) talks about uncovering history that she can relate to, representation in art and her plein air paintings that will be in the group show “Our Point of View” opening @lyndonhouseartscenter on June 7th. You can find a summary of this episode, with the audio, images, related links and an excerpt through the link in my bio. The audio is also available on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks to @rubber_scars for some great mural painting tips —His work @creaturecomfortsbeer downtown is both perfectly serene and has that technical paint/surface quality that’s 💯✔️✔️ If you know me, you know I’m the type of gal that does my homework. Spent the morning driving around Athens doing some visual research for my @lrgprovisions mural— of course, @lastresortgrill ‘s iconic downtown mural by Dave Jenkins was my first stop. Athens parents- @trioathens has extended the deadline to May 9th for their first ever show of kids’ art! (PreK-12th) You should enter junior’s amazing creation! See their webpage for details. This is a recent masterpiece from my 7 yr old’s “Androids” series for inspiration 🤓 Guess I’m just missing 🏈 season...😂🏈🍺 “Man, North Campus” Oil and oil crayon on canvas 21 x 21” Summer project! Excited to be starting a mural for @lrgprovisions later this month! #fivepointsathens #blankcanvas #muralart #athensga Spent the early afternoon with local artist @vyvonnestudevan in her studio talking Athens, art and family/community history as she prepares for an upcoming exhibition at the @lyndonhouseartscenter . Look for our chat soon on Peachy Keen podcast!

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