Threads and sequences
Opening: Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
Elin Luque & Margarita Martínez, Galleries
This group of painting adroitly brings together the cultural synthesis of her Colombian heritage with powerful influences from Mexico where she has resided for many years. Some time ago I wrote that the art of Juanita Pérez may be viewed as a "life diary", one that entwines her personal history with universal stories linked together over time. Through her paintings, she continues to remind us that tradition, inextricably both past and present, is a perpetual and eternal continuum.
Juanita's work has become increasingly intricate, and her meticulous attention to technique is evident throughout. Her complex compositions reveal paintings within paintings, constructed with overlaid layers of paint, fragments of various materials that, much like a sophisticated collage, form a fine framework. The universality of indigenous textiles was the principal trigger for this series of paintings. Juanita honors the symbolic language of embroideries and brocades that speak, tell stories like an open book woven with the threads of life. For example, the "plot" of a huipil is an entire world of decipherable symbols. Parallels may be drawn with the highly stylized, repetitive geometric designs evident not only in the explosive colorful surfaces of her canvases, but also discernible in the powerful, monochromatic paintings, a bold and adventurous departure from those riots of colour.