Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 6:30 - 8:30pm
Exhibition Dates: May 17 - July 25, 2016
Paolo Mejia Fine Arts & Design
Jack London Square Realty (Annex)
311 Oak Street, Suite 116 Oakland, CA 94607
In this solo show, San Francisco-based artist Rea Lynn de Guzman references the iconography of “Maria Clara” (a mestiza character from Jose Rizal’s novel Noli me Tangere and metonym for a traditional dress woven from piña fiber and organza). Influenced by Spanish colonization, “Maria Clara” embodies Philippine ideals of female beauty equated with light skin, accompanied by stereotypes of chastity and demureness. Through the process of repetitive layering and a palette evoking skin tones, de Guzman utilizes the tactility of specific materials such as image transfers on synthetic organza to extract and repudiate these imposed ideals and stereotypes—material remnants intertwined with cultural legacies.