Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall Flower

Artist Cecilia Paredes could easily be labeled as the “female Liu Bolin,” but to do so would only marginalize the talent of the Peruvian painter whose detailed, patterned paintings¬†are worthy of being respected on their own merits. Besides, the simple fact that she tends to leave her chestnut brown hair and dark brown eyes visible in so many of her pictures, means that she doesn’t really want to hide away completely like Bolin tends to do. Instead, the artist says that she creates her camouflaged artwork as part of her “quest of belonging.”

“The theme,” she explains, ” is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong.” While most of us haven’t gone through the difficulties of migration, the idea of trying to change ourselves in order to fit in is something we can all relate to, even if only from those awkward teen years.

And that’s precisely why Paredes’ art works so well. While they do tend to hide most of the subject, they still show enough of the person underneath, reminding us that no mater how hard we try to fit in, our true selves will always shine out to some extent.

Of course, it’s also a reminder than in art, as well as life, those people that truly want to be seen must stop being wallflowers at some point and dare to step out into the limelight!

20 Replies to “Cecilia Is a Bit Of a Wall Flower”

    1. Agreed…But? Remember…It comes with a moral:
      “…While they do tend to hide most of the subject, they still show enough of the person underneath, reminding us that no mater how hard we try to fit in, our true selves will always shine out to some extent.”

      Awwwwwwww…

      (I also think she is pregnant in the first one…*Looks again* Definitely.) But the red wallpaper is amazing…

  1. I don’t know if the title was a pun or just a coincidence, but “paredes” means “walls”.

  2. I LOVE the first and the last one. They are totally fantastic! To think how much work and Time must have gone into these pictures! Wonderful! Thanks for showing!

  3. Not impressed. Hunters, armed forces and some animals do this on a regular basis. Even several times each day. Now if she painted herself to blend into a real wall of flowers, or even a moving background like a waterfall, I would be impressed.

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