Lydia Cecilia @ First Pick Handmade
i. Name: Lydia Cecilia
ii. I am a: Visual artist
iii. The name, date, and location of the market I’ll be in next is:
First Pick Handmade, 24th-25th September 2022, Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.
iv. The type of work I’ll be showing in the market is:
Original artwork and prints based on my collage artworks. All my designs explore, through collage, the infinite possibilities of creating unique and relatable identities. Working with vintage magazines as the source of inspiration and material, I re-contextualize and recreate the human figure as captured in older media, into images of contemporary identities.
v. 1 or 2 pieces from the show I can say a few words about are:
Mi corazón, del que te di la llave
As immigrants, on some occasions we can feel broken. The pieces of our identity that belong to the culture and heritage of our place of origin, may seem that they do not fit with those that come from the place that welcomes us. The artworks in the Mixed Identity series celebrate the mixed identity, which emerges as a result of encompassing all the pieces that compose our life.
The golden thread, which connects fragments in those pieces, makes reference to the Japanese technique Kintsugi, and it intends to give coherence to each part of the history of our life as immigrants, rather than keep the breakage.
Everything is gonna be okay
In this body of work, I explore how our society understands women as something that have to be beautiful and young. Flowers and fashion are used as a metaphor, as a symbol of this reductionist women stereotype, but and the same time those symbols are really useful to embrace the idea of women as powerful, complex and brave creatures. Women celebrate our real potential and fight against this reductionist system every single day.
vi. One thing I learned about myself in creating this work is:
My creative process and the exploration about contemporary identities have allowed me to understand better my own identity as another kind of collage, in which different parts of me finally makes completely sense. They create a new unique and powerful image of myself as my collage designs.
vii. One highlight of my career from over the last few years has been:
If I need to choose only one, I think it would be that I am deeply happy because I have found my art community in Vancouver. People I deeply admire, love and with whom I have the luck to work with, as Mariana Rivera founder of The Art Shop Gallery; Mark George director of August Studios, where I have my studio space; and my amazing and talented artist friends Emiko Venlet, Laura Clark, Megan Shaw…
viii. After this show, I’m looking forward to:
I am so looking forward to start working in a new project that I have had in mind for a while now. This is about embracing margins and celebrating difference in people around us. Dominant culture teaches us to depend on dualism. I deeply believe it is so beautiful to find the grades of queerness, and the spaces in between.
Header Image: Lydia Cecilia. Photo by Lily Taylor
Other Photos: Lydia Cecilia