Cecilia Paredes | DAPHNE
58 x 35 inches | Performance photography | float framed in gold leaf
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About Cecilia Paredes
Cecilia Paredes is renowned for her performance, photography, sculpture, and installation. Using her body as the canvas, she paints herself into backgrounds of damask and chintz, forests, and deserts. But she never completely blends; never becomes mere decoration. Paredes is a part of the permanent collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Panama Modern Museum, Museo del Barrio New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Costa Rica among many other institutions.
Paredes was celebrated with a solo show at the Moscow Modern Museum of Art and a Fulbright-sponsored show at the Cultural Institute in Lima as well as highlights in the music and fashion worlds. One of Paredes’ photographs has been used as cover art for a reprint of the Brian Moore novel Judith Hearn, which was later republished and produced as a stage play and film “The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn.”
Paredes’ works served as the inspiration for Argentinean actress and singer Mía Maestro in her 2014 music video “Blue Eyed Sailor”, directed by Guillermo Navarro and Juan Azulay.
ABOUT THE ANCIENT MYTH OF DAPHNE
Daphne was a Greek dryad, or tree spirit, and daughter of Peneus, the river god. According to mythology, Apollo, the god of hunting, music, and poetry, offended Eros, the god of love, by mocking his archery skills. Eros retaliated by shooting two arrows: one hit Apollo and filled him with insatiable lust for Daphne, the other hit Daphne and filled her with abhorrence for all things romantic. Apollo pursued Daphne and when she was tired of running she called for help to her father, who turned her into a laurel tree. Apollo adorned himself with laurel leaves and called it his special symbol, which explains why the laurel tree is associated with the god Apollo in Greek myth.
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