Precisely Aligned Paint and Fabric Camouflage Cecilia Paredes Amid Lush Botanical Backdrops — Colossal

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#Cecilia Paredes
#fabric
#pattern
#self-portrait

October 23, 2023

Grace Ebert

“Tapestry” (2023). All images courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art, shared with permission

In a pair of companion exhibitions, Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes (previously) expands on her lavish collection of “photo performances” to explore the fluid relationship between our bodies and environments. On view now at two Ruiz-Healy Art locations, the solo shows encompass new works that continue Paredes’ unique methods of camouflage and disguise. The artist swathes herself in densely patterned fabrics and paints any visible skin with the same motif, which she perfectly aligns with the backdrop to create disorienting and endlessly intriguing images that blur the contours of her body.

Both exhibitions, Walking in My Galaxy Blue and The Weaving of Dust, are wide-ranging in their interpretations of surrounding environments as they draw on the cosmos, forests, and ornamental vessels fit for domestic interiors. The self-portraits develop Paredes’ interest in the correlation between personal identity and external forces, questioning how we understand and present ourselves in relation to the outside world.

See the exhibitions at Ruiz-Healy Art through November 3 in New York and November 18 in San Antonio, and keep up with Paredes on Instagram.

 

the artist swathed in blue and red botanical fabric that blends in with the backdrop

“Chrysalis” (2023)

two images, both of the artist on the same botanical beige backdrop, painted and swathed in camouflaging prints

Left: “Dafne Tall” (2022). Right: “Dafne in Repose” (2022)

the artist painted and swathed in yellow vessel-printed fabric that blends in with the backdrop

“Clorinda” (2022)

the artist swathed in red and black confection filled fabric that blends in with the backdrop

“Cupcake Rose” (2023)

the artist swathed and painted in blue botanical fabric that blends in with the backdrop

“Walking in my Galaxy Blue” (2023)

the artist painted and swathed in rust-colored botanicals to blend in with the backdrop

“Rose Garden” (2023)

#Cecilia Paredes
#fabric
#pattern
#self-portrait

 

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