The work of Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes has certainly caught my eye… or perhaps, not quite. This series, which she describes as landscapes, utilizes complex wallpapers and even more complex makeup effects to create camouflaged portraits of herself. Similar to the works of artists like Liu Bolin, Paredes blends in with her backgrounds, though I would say in a much more beautiful manner, where Bolin’s work feels much more politicized.
It’s so intriguing to look at the details of these pieces. I feel like Paredes wants to hide but at the same time wants to be seen. That there’s an art to her disappearance that should be regarded. She’s somewhat vanished but the craftsman ship in her body painting is just as much a part of the work as the end result of the photo. I find the last photo below to be quite striking, the intense gaze in her eyes are almost confrontational, like a tiger hidden amongst the foliage. Yet her hair is gently parted and brushed back almost nonchalantly. These juxtapositions are so interesting to me and I feel like they bring some great depth to the work.