Por María José Monge, Visual Arts Curator, MBCCR
Photographically documented performance
Part of the Paisajes series
Born in Perú, Cecilia Paredes Polack (1950) has lived in Lima, Mexico City, Rome, Costa Rica –where she lived for 24 years‒ and the United States of America, where she currently resides.
Paredes was a pioneer in Costa Rican intimist art, where body, memory and female voice play a crucial role. The artist has set a precedent in the development of installation art, as well as in the use of natural resources and found objects as raw material in her works. She also contributed to body exploration as a referent in what she denominates photoperformance.
Her academic training includes studies in Plastic Arts at the Catholic University Art School in Peru, the Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England and the Scuola del Nudo in Italy. She is a guest artist and researcher at the Arts and History Department of the University of Pennsylvania. She exhibits her work on a regular basis in various countries and has received several prizes and distinctions.
La ensoñación de Rosa or Dreaming Rose is part of the Paisajes series, a collection of works that deal with the immigration phenomenon from the artist’s personal perspective.
Paredes blends herself into landscapes featuring flora, using this element to help define landscaping based on a sense of belonging to a geographical setting. Flora is so crucial in her works that she does not reduce them solely to an image. Her scope encompasses the raw materials used in her works –elaborated with vegetable fibers‒ as well as symbols of various flowers, usually associated with different types of emotions and life itself.
Thus, ensoñación de Rosa is a work that superposes layers of meaning built essentially upon life experience. Flora becomes a vessel to poetically approach the experience of being uprooted, as well as the need to adapt socially and culturally, typical of the migratory experience.
How to cite this article
Monge Picado María José. (2014). La ensoñación de Rosa. San José, Costa Rica: Fundación Museos del Banco Central. Available at: link