08 Sep Artist to Watch: Cecilia Paredes
“Camouflaged into her surroundings, the character dwells on the landscape and the landscape dwells on the character in a perfect symbiotic realm.” —Cecilia Paredes
Paredes has been well-known on the art scene since 2012 when her magical “photo performances” hit the social media airwaves. In her works she camouflages her painted body against gorgeously patterned wallpaper backdrops, all but disappearing into the work, becoming part of the landscape.
At once elegant, chic and very clever, Paredes’ goal with these trompe-l’oeil self portraits is to raise questions about how our environment influences who we are and our quest to belong.
Born in Lima, Peru in 1950 the artist studied Plastic Arts at the Catholic University of Lima and later went on to study at Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in the UK. No doubt her South American heritage informs her deft use of bright colors and contributes to a certain fearlessness in her work.
Her list of accolades is long and illustrious—San Antonio Museum of Art, the University of Salamanca in Spain, the Natural World Museum in California, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Michela Rizzo Venice in Italy, among many others—but I think she needs no more praise than a gasp of an awe-struck viewer.
Without further adieu…your turn to be awe-struck.