The Huntsville Museum of Art’s latest “Encounters” exhibit showcases the work of sculptor Aimee Perez, a Cuban immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was 12 years old. Perez won the Gold Key Award in painting as a young adult, as well as several honorable mentions while she continued her pursuit of the arts during her college years.
While living in Mexico City as an adult, he absorbed influences of Mesoamerican art that continue to resonate in her work. In 1997, she was invited to participate as a guest artist in the studio of Mexican sculptor Jose Sacal, where she began to work in 3-D with clay for the first time. She returned to Miami in 2006 and continued her work, winning several awards for her figurative ceramics in the state of Florida.
How long will the exhibit be in the Rocket City?
Encounters: Aimee Perez opens in the Grisham gallery of the Huntsville Museum of Art on April 10, led by a Gallery Walk and Reception at 2 p.m. that afternoon. Access to the opening event will be included with the general price of admission and free for members.
Tickets can be purchased at the front desk in the lobby of the Museum or online here.
The exhibition will be on display until July 10. It is made possible by the lead sponsor, The Kuehlthau Family Foundation.
What to expect from Aimee Perez’ work
Perez’s art focuses primarily on the human form. Her sculptures are expressionistic and powerful, and she has been praised for her command of gestures. She highlights the figures’ gestures, emotions, lives and relationships, creating archetypes that transcend the context of their story.
Through the exploration of contemporary, religious and biblical themes, Perez creates sculptures that explore the paradoxical truths of suffering and redemption, grief and comfort. She works with various types of clays fired at high or low temperatures and surfaced with oxide washes, slips, terra sigillata, engobes and glazes. She has also been known to layer her pieces with wax, metals, glass, fiber, and found objects.
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