Opening this weekend at Craft Alliance, the exhibit Fidencio Fifield-Perez: Little Cuttings offers an intimate, personal look at immigration and the concept of home.
Although artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez has spent most of the past decade in the Midwest, he was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and migrated with his family to North Carolina at a young age. His work reflects his experience as a Latino immigrant in America and explores the concept of home. His mixed-media art is inspired by everyday life, whether it's seeing barn quilts while driving through the Iowa countryside or recreating a childhood bed through the textures of a salmon-colored weaving. (You might recognize Fifield-Perez's work from Cherokee Street, including at Bridge Bread and Flowers and Weeds, as well as the Luminary’s recent show Counterpublic.)
The road to the exhibition began more than a year and a half ago, when Craft Alliance curator Stefanie Kirkland met Fifield-Perez through a colleague at the University of Missouri. After a studio visit, Kirkland knew she wanted to showcase Fifield-Perez's work.
“I always want artists to continue their narration and push their boundaries with the material,” Kirkland says. “Fidencio is using papers and fibers in a whole other way.”