Daisy Quezada

Artist Statement

Informed through her cultural background that is ever migrating between Mexico and the United States, Daisy Quezada address social issues that aren’t readily discussed. Through her work she hopes to substantiate a voice with an overarching identity of being cast aside.

The work bridges the personal to the social, forming a relationship between immigration, gender inequality, labor, and class issues that have resulted in a people being left devalued and cast aside within their present “community” and culture. The work situates itself within the space between.

Using clothing that was given to her by individuals being impacted and/or affected by oppressive structures, Quezada uses a lace draping technique to breath the pieces into a space where they are viewed again. Drawing from the internal vulnerability carried by each garment the piece’s act as imprints of states. They are a culmination of identities, collected and externalized.


Daisy Quezada is visual artist and educator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Within her practice she creates ceramic works and installations that speak on themes of identity and place in relation social structures that cross between borders. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at: The Denver Art Museum (Denver, Colorado), Summerhall (Edinburg, Scotland), New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei Taiwan), and Icheon Ceramics Festival (Icheon South Korea). In addition to her studio practice Quezada has also worked alongside non-for-profit organization like El Otro Lado/The Other Side and Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, that work within community at a local level.

In 2016 Quezada was one of the cofounders of Present Cartographers, a collective invested in creating a platform for artist working within the theme of immigration. Most recently the collective launched Terreno: Borderland Linguistics, a chapbook that holds writing and visual work by ten national and international artists.

Quezada received her MFA from the University of Delaware, and BFA for Santa Fe University of Art and Design.