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August 30 – October 27, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, August 30, 6-8pm
Fidencio Fifield-Perez faces scrutiny and political debate every day in the United States. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, his family migrated to North Carolina for a better life and more opportunities. Fifield-Perez was raised in North Carolina, and attended Memphis College of Art for a BFA. Upon graduating from MCA, Fifield-Perez first applied for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which allowed him to attend The University of Iowa for an MA and a MFA. His work explores his personal experiences with immigration and the concept of home. He uses craft techniques and family traditions to create his visual language.
As a DACA recipient, you must prove that you’re a resident, prove that you have a mailing address in the States. Dacaments is a series of paintings on envelopes accumulated over the last two years. He paints his personal house plants on collected envelopes to map correspondence and relationships with loved ones, lawyers and the government.
Barn Quilt, (10.5x10.5 ft) is cut out from collected and used maps. A large installed paper quilt traces Fifield-Perez journey from travelling around the Midwest and admiring the American barn. He cuts out a wire fence pattern so light can cascade through it creating a shadow of boarder fencing. Barn Quilt allows the viewer to experience on one side a traditional Barn Quilt pattern constructed of maps and on the other it side a barrier fence.
Fidencio’s new work is a series of trace monotypes of his beloved house plants that he carries with him from residence to residence. Also included is a large collage/paintings of his father’s garden.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 2019, a regional collaborative event celebrating fiber art.
About Innovations in Textiles
Innovations in Textiles 2019 is a collaborative event presented Fall 2019 throughout the St. Louis region—including St. Charles and Columbia, Missouri, and Metro East Illinois. Innovations in Textiles 2019 serves to enlighten the community with a unique aesthetic perspective on fiber art.
Created to investigate the state of contemporary textile arts, Innovations in Textiles 2019 is comprised of over 40 regional nonprofit & commercial art galleries, organizations and museums that have joined forces to present innovative exhibitions that explore fiber art, textiles and fashion created by local, regional, national, and international artists.
In addition to exhibitions, a broad range of artistic programming & activities is planned, including receptions, open houses, workshops, lectures, gallery talks, studio tours, a bus tour, and other community programs throughout Fall 2019. Innovations in Textiles 2019 will take place August through November 2019 with a special weekend of events scheduled with Surface Design Association’s “Beyond the Surface” St. Louis Conference October 3-6, 2019. Learn more on our website: https://www.innovationsintextilesstl.org/