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.
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