State of Mind
text by Alejandro García Lemos
The title of Eliana’s series “State of Mind” could not be more accurate. With her watercolor drawings on punctured paper, Eliana takes us on a profound journey; from the muteness of our shared moments of imposed or self-imposed isolation to the sadness of those who are suffering in hunger and poverty in other places with far less resources. For instance, the piece “Red Flags” is a poignant allegory to the unfortunate way that impoverished Colombian households are forced to present their financial struggles to their neighbors, with the hope to get some help.
Clearly, Eliana Perez’s work gives us introspection and self questioning: from the rather existential questions of: why am I still here? or am I infected? to the simplicity of direct perforations on the paper, her approach to the pandemic reminds us of the fragility of our bodies and our health.
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia and based on New York City for more than 20 years, Eliana has been passing her isolation time with her family in their farm in Martins Ferry, Ohio, wondering how life will be in New York once they go back, a question somehow common to most of us.
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