Invisible Girl Artist
Her awesome series of images dubbed camouflage self-portraits are stunning examples of how she paints her own body to blend in seamlessly with the background
Invisible Girl Artist
Once in a while, when looking around the web, you find hidden artistic gems that really make you smile and scratch your head., wondering how on earth the artist in question did it. If I had the talent for painting that Cecilia Paredes, born 1950 in Peru has, I would be happy indeed.
Her awesome series of images dubbed camouflage self-portraits are stunning examples of how she paints her own body to blend in seamlessly with the background work, the time and patience needed to finish any one of these works undoubtedly long.
Cecilia Paredes has done her latest work in a style akin to the Invisible Man project by Liu Bolin or even the work of Emma Hack, experimenting with her own body - painting floral wallpaper designs onto herself and then photographing herself blending into the background of the same design on a wall.
So effective is her technique that in some pictures it is hard to make her shape out, this illusion of disappearing into the landscape making her feel part of the landscape, giving a heightened sense of belonging belonging.
Her theme always in this series was re-location after displacement and adjustment in order to belong, to be done, without forgetting human origins. Assistants help her apply the make-up and body paint required, along on occasions with special suits making herself an art subject.
She does, at times, want onlookers to notice her presence by leaving her hair standing out and allowing whites of her eyes to show. Whilst she did live and work in Costa Rica between1998-2004, Paredes currently lives and works in Philadelphia, USA.
What her art does so well is to demonstrate that the female body should be regarded as a sacred zone, not to be profaned, the imagery aimed at restoring the perception of the female form as something miraculous in the midst of all technology and chaos that surrounds us in the everyday world
Cecilia graduated from fine art school in Lima, before heading to Europe for further education in England and Italy, and to expand her language skills. She lived and worked for 23 years in Costa Rica, where her children reside still, developing her artistic career there. She began as a painter but her art evolved, moving on to 3D objects and photography.
Cecelia now lives in Philadelphia with her classical music composer husband, using her art to explore the boundaries of nature, and her own body as a medium between the spirit and the natural world portrayed in her artworks. She frequently goes back to San Jose, in Costa Rica, for further inspiration, finding the profusion of nature there very intense and inspiring. She truly is a wonderful artist, and her works can be breathtaking, to say the least.