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Camouflaging

about Cecilia Paredes

Perhaps, at least once in your life, you felt a strong urge to disappear, camouflaging yourself into the shapes and colors of a welcoming surface, over the gray essence of certain days. Becoming a part of something beautiful, leaving everything flowing without you.

Cecilia seems to give this chance through her ongoing photographic series in which she explores the visual juxtaposition of her painted body with the patterns and surface below it: Cecilia composes these photographs by selecting a patterned ground, such as floral wallpaper, and intricately paints her skin to match. The unavoidable contours of her body thus hide and reveal her form, depending on the camera angle.

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Born in 1950 in Lima, Peru, she studied art at the Catholic University of Lima and at the Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England.

She has been awarded the First Mention of Honor at the Biennial Centro America in 2002 and was an international guest artist at the Ibero American Art Fair FIA in Caracas. Paredes now lives and works in San Jose, Costa Rica and Philadelphia, PA.

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