time out, 2016, hair, bobby pins, 23" x 6.5" x 6.5"
These constructed entities challenge authority and social norms, and in turn begin to shape the social norm; Perez is using material melding and hybridization as an action to inherently upset the balance of form and the balance of understanding.
Construction materials, fake flowers, hair, unfinished objects, and bones of architecture become a vehicle for Perez to talk about identity displacement [feminine/latina], beauty, and materiality. By the act of creating something that was not in that same space before, the abjected material becomes beautiful. Perez has made the decisions in this case and space becomes activated, even if the others surrounding are not aware. This is the ocular occult—the seen and unseen—an intimate moment of displacement shared by Perez and her unwitting participants.
Created by Veronica A. Perez
Perez takes inspiration from drag queens, chotchkies, flamingoes, wearing your heart on your sleeve, late nights on the Jersey shore, construction zones on the highway, the color pink, fake flowers and other things that society deems unimportant or untraditional. She finds sincerity and power in that. Things, artwork especially, have become so aestheticized and perfected that the raw power it possesses is gone. Her work is left raw and unfinished to give it life. To show it has passed through her hands and is a living thing.