Born and raised in the Lone Star State, Raquel P. Nakoneczny graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego with her B.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Her research interests include contemporary Latin American art, existential philosophy/theology, politics, and ecology. Currently, she is working with BlueTrail and 7Story to help inform and engage the public on important issues involving ocean sustainability.
When Raquel is not at school or at work, she enjoys splashing around in the beautiful ocean waters off the coast of San Diego. Her hobbies include: sailing, surfing, snorkeling, quilting, and crochet. As the wife of an active-duty serviceman, Raquel enjoys serving her local San Diego military community.
- 9.4.2013 / Watch Raquel Nakoneczny Present at Annual VCS Symposium
- 8.20.2013 / Sightlines Essays from VCS Class of 2013 Now Available
About Raquel P. Nakoneczny’s Thesis Project
Sculpting Humanity in the Work of Ernesto Neto
For more than 20 years, the sculptures of the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto have enticed viewers to engage in multisensory experiences. The activation of the sensuous human body in dialogue with Neto’s abstract and organic sculptures teaches participants what it means to “be in the world.” The writings of Martin Heidegger provide the philosophical lens through which this project examines Neto’s works as capable of unveiling the nature of being. The research articulates certain aspects of being such as presence, the body in space, and the relationship between the human and the world to demonstrate how Neto’s sculptures reveal the essence of our humanity as anchored, embedded, and submerged in the materiality of the day-to-day world.