Camouflaged self-portraits by Cecilia Parades, a multi-talented photographer, and installation artist who was born in 1950 in Lima, Peru and currently lives and works Philadelphia. Cecilia focuses on fine art self-portraiture. She creates floral photographs which hide herself through their incredible patterns. Her face, arms, and even torso perfectly morph into the background creating a living artist living and breathing from his own art. Parades studied art at the Catholic University of Lima and at the Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England. She took a series of self-portraits where she cloaked herself in camouflaging fabrics, making it difficult to differentiate between her body and similarly colored backgrounds.
I wrap, cover, or paint my body with the same pattern of the material and re-present myself as part of that landscape. Through this act, I am working on the theme of building my own identification with the entourage or part of the world where I live or where I feel I can call home. My bio has been described as nomadic so maybe this is also a need of addressing the process of constant relocation.
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