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Gallery talk: "Fidencio Fifield-Perez: Little Cuttings"

  • Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design 6640 Delmar Boulevard University City, MO, 63130 United States (map)
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Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design presents “Fidencio Fifield-Perez: Little Cuttings,” August 30-October 27, 2019.
Free gallery talk Saturday, October 5, 2-2:30 p.m. This gallery talk is presented in conjunction with the IT19 Bus Tour and is free & open to all.
Fidencio Fifield-Perez’s work speaks to the idea of “home”. Fidencio was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program, an executive order enacted by Obama in July 2012, allowed him the ability to drive and to work legally without fear of deportation. DACA also allowed Fidencio to receive funding to pursue his masters at the University of Iowa in Fall 2013. For comfort he surrounded himself with potted plants to create a sense of contentment and security during his travels to a new home, the Midwest.
His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, Fidencio manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For the artist, these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.
This exhibit is free & open to the public T-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.