Intus brings the work of Miami based multidisciplinary artist Aimee Perez to the Center Gallery at the Morean Center for Clay. Through sculptures of the human body as well as ritual objects and alters, she addresses, in her words, “paradoxical truths of suffering and redemption”. To me, her work is arresting, intense and beautiful.
I am thrilled to be able to share Perez’s work with the membership and audience of the Center for Clay. I hope you enjoy the show.
Curator of the Center Gallery
Photo: Marta Tejera
Leaving the ego behind and becoming a mere vessel, a bridge if you will, the artist uses instinct and archetype, dwells into the subconscious and brings basic and fundamental manifestations of life using form and color.
The work I present is inspired by journeys inward into the subconscious and outward into our history, cultures and myths, all in an arduous quest to learn about our beginnings. From these travels a world of characters fragmented by time appear bringing with them messages of the past but of current interest to us. The head a reoccurring subject in my work symbolizes the lamp that guides the body through the labyrinth of life. In many African religions the head is the most important part of the body deriving from two important factors the physical and the metaphysical, sculptors take a great deal of time working of the details of their sculpted heads, paying attention to the eyes, nose, ears and mouth. They consider the eyes as the guide through the dark, the nose as the source of ventilation for the soul, the mouth the source of nourishment for the body and the ears as the sound detectors. Women play a fundamental role in my work as the center in creation moon and sun. Pieces such as (The Weaver, The Crucible) inspired by creation and Pachamama and the destroyer (Lilith, La Llorona).
“Alberto Carol, Professor at Colegio San Alejandro and Art Critic”
Aimee Pérez’s years of living in Mexico and traveling across the region and the world has had a cultural impact on her personality. The ancient traditions, legends, myths and the popular art of the Peruvian and Mesoamerican gifted creators resonate in her artworks. A realization of the post-modern tenet of erasing the boundaries between vernacular and high art? Much more. Hers is the work of a remarkably qualified specialist who freely draws from multiple references with the ultimate purpose of sharing her innermost feelings. Her art is confession. Identity that stems from the heart not ethnicity, from the universal not the limited. We won’t find either a single particle of irony, parody, detachment. She offers the vibrant and troubled treasures of a woman’s psyche in the forms of a sophisticated and austere beauty. No wonder the empathy and the acclaim she consistently reaps.