Lares Feliciano is an artist – an animator, filmmaker, collaborator, and curator. She holds an M.F.A in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Film & American Studies from Smith College. She has served as the Artist in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park and was a participant in the Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader Institute. Her films have screened all over the world including New York, San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Melbourne. She is a co-founder and member of the Secret Love Collective, a group of contemporary artists who create exhibitions and events in Colorado.
Lares believes in the power of storytelling to both empower and incite change. Using film/video, animation, collage, and mixed media she creates worlds where “queerdos and weirdos” are front and center. She is interested in queer identities, mixed-race experiences, and complex expressions of grief.
Lares’ process manifests as a ritual of gathering found materials, deconstructing their original intention, and finally piecing them together to build new meaning. She draws inspiration from tropes of American identity, particularly the western and the frontier myth. These fixtures of American imagery are foundations in her work for both dissecting the ways otherness is constructed, and creating new heroes to associate with our collective history.
Lares lives in Denver, CO where she creates experimental animations, mixed media collages, and has several film projects in development. She can be reached here.