Michelle Peraza: Repeating Granadas

Michelle Peraza, Interstices (detail), coloured pencil, 23k gold leaf on amate/amatl paper, 2022. Photo by Lisa East. Image courtesy of artist.

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Michelle Peraza: Repeating Granadas

Curated by Karly Boileau

January 20 to April 21, 2024
Cambridge Art Galleries, Queen’s Square

Related Programming:
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
In Conversation: Michelle Peraza and Karly Boileau: Thursday March 7, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

“By sending our voices, visuals and visions outward into the world, we alter the walls and make them a framework for new windows and doors.”
– Gloria Anazaldúa

Surrounded by glints of silver and gold, rich browns, patterns, and allegory, Michelle Peraza’s solo exhibition, Repeating Granadas, visualizes the ambiguity and complexity of identity within the LatinX community. Peraza’s deliberate choice of colour, materials, imagery, and stylization in her artistic practice prioritizes contemporary LatinX bodies. Inspired by Gloria Anazaldúa’s theoretical framework of mestiza consciousness/the new mestiza, Peraza’s research-based artistic practice critically examines the Western Art History canon and deconstructs the Spanish colonial project of ‘Latin America.’ Through her high-realism portraits, site-specific installations, and non-representation drawings, Peraza engages with themes of transculturation, postcolonialism, feminism, identity, extraction and relocation, image dissemination, gender politics, materiality, representation, and resilience.

About the Artist

Michelle Peraza is a visual artist of Cuban and Costa Rican descent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from Western University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design University. Most recently she completed the Master of Fine Arts program at York University where her research-creation project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Canadian Graduate Scholarship. The Nancy Petry Award funded her recent two-month research trip to Spain and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation is supporting her current painting project. The Canada Council for the Arts is supporting her next research-creation project. She would like to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for their generous support for this body of work.


Michelle Peraza, Red Bird of Paradise, acrylic, gesso, oil and charcoal on panel, 2023. Image courtesy of artist.

Michelle Peraza: Repeating Granadas

Curado por: Karly Boileau

Del 20 de enero al 21 de abril 2024
Cambridge Art Galleries, Queen’s Square

Programación relacionada
Recepción de apertura: 20 de enero, 13:00 – 16:00
En conversación: Michelle Peraza y Karly Boileau: 7 de marzo, 18:00 – 19:00

“Enviando nuestras voces, visuales y visiones al exterior en el mundo, nosotros alteramos las paredes y hacemos los marcos para nuevas ventanas y puertas.”
– Gloria Anzaldúa

Rodeada de destellos de plata y oro, abundante color café, patrones, y alegoría, la exhibición individual de Michelle Peraza, Repeating Granadas, presenta su trabajo artístico en forma de instalación en un sitio específico, pinturas, y dibujos como una manera de procesar la ambigüedad y complejidad de su identidad dentro de la comunidad LatinX. La deliberada elección de color, materiales, imágenes y estilización de Peraza en su práctica artística prioriza el trabajo contemporáneo de los LatinX. Inspirados por el trabajo teórico de la conciencia mestiza/la nueva mestiza de Gloria Anzaldúa, la investigación y práctica artística de Peraza críticamente examina el canon de la historia del Arte Occidental y deconstruye el Proyecto Español colonial de América Latina. A través de sus retratos de alto realismo, instalaciones en sitios específicos y dibujos sin representación Peraza participa en temas de transculturación, post-colonización, feminismo, identidad, extracción y relocalización, la diseminación de imágenes, política de género, materialidad, representación y resiliencia.

Sobre la artista

Michelle Peraza es una artista visual de descendencia Cubana y Costarricense. Ella tiene un Bachillerato en Bellas Artes en Estudios Clásicos de Western University y un Bachillerato en Bellas Artes de Ontario College of Art and Design University. Recientemente Michelle completó el programa de Maestría en Bellas Artes en York University, donde su proyecto de investigación-creación fue financiado por una beca de Social Sciences and Humanities Canadian Graduate Scholarship. El premio Nancy Petry ha financiado sus dos recientes viajes investigativos a España y la fundación Elizabeth Greenshields está financiando su proyecto actual de pintura. El Canada Council for the Arts está financiando su próximo proyecto de investigación-creación. A Michelle le gustaría agradecer al Ontario Arts Council, el Toronto Arts Council y la fundación Elizabeth Greenshields por su generosidad y apoyo en esta obra de trabajo.

Traducido por Beatriz Peraza (Translated by Beatriz Peraza)


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