Now you see Cecilia Paredes, now you don’t

Cecilia Paredes is a Peruvian artist who gives new meaning to the phrase, “getting lost in your work.” Carefully using body paint, makeup, and costumes, she photographs herself disguised against intricate backgrounds. As soon as we saw these, we thought of the work of Beijing artist, Liu Bolin. His backgrounds are often common, everyday settings. Like a grocery store aisle –

We enjoyed the fact that Paredes challenges her camouflaging abilities by taking a different pose each time. The last photo with her exposed eyes in an intense gaze is particularly effective. It can’t be ignored that much of the power in her photos has to do with the beauty and detail of the patterns. How different would her work be if the backdrops were overly loud and busy? Like a Hawaiian shirt.

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