Wallpaper Camouflage

7 Dec 2012

If you desire to disappear from your everyday exhausting routine, camouflage yourself into your wallpaper.

If you desire to disappear from your everyday exhausting routine, camouflage yourself into your wallpaper prints and you get almost completely invisible. The idea belongs to a Peru-born photography artist Cecilia Paredes.

She sought this medium only as a way of relocation and migration into some other aesthetic space. The artist experiments with her own body by painting these floral wallpaper designs on herself with the help of her assistants and blending with the background. Her dark hair and the whites of the eyes are often the only thing that shows there’s a person hiding. The result is pretty effective and in some of them you can barely see her.

She says, “The illusion of ‘disappearing’ into the landscape that surrounds her, is in reality a blending, she is now ‘part of the landscape’ in her quest of belonging. The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin.”

The full disappearing into a floral landscape is, though, a half-done job, as fitting the prints, yet she wants to preserve her own personality.

Cecilia Paredes is a talented Peruvian photographer, sculptor, and performance artist.  Born in Lima, Peru. Cecilia Paredes currently lives and works between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and San Jose, Costa Rica. She has been living out of her country of origin for more than 25 years. For this reason, migration, or relocation, is a theme that Cecilia addresses repeatedly in her work.

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