This publication is the first of its kind, focusing exclusively on the work of Demi, an American artist born in Cuba. Demi’s canvases, drawings, and sculptures manifest childhood trauma as singular depictions of children in swirling, surrealist landscapes.
They are singular because her work defies easy categorization. This important book, which is particularly relevant today, attempts to give Demi the attention she deserves, parsing through the many influences and political and personal contexts of her work. Featuring an essay by Lynette Bosch, a never-before published interview by Juan A. Martínez for the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and full-color reproductions of Demi’s work, the book shows how hope and vindication are to be found in perseverance and resilience; at the same time, it sheds much-needed light on an artist digging deep into the self to explore uncharted territory.