The works created by Cervantes for this exhibition reflect her most recent period of artistic experimentation, spanning the two years after moving her studio back to her hometown of Tijuana. Created on scavenged or traded materials from the streets, construction sites, buildings or people’s homes in Tijuana, the work combines traditional and non-traditional modes of painting in an innovative fashion.
Colonial era women encounter nearly nude men in imaginative and perverse works by Alida Cervantes, which conflate Mexico’s racially and socially charged colonial past with its complex present. In conjunction with the Art Department at Wellesley College, artist/curator Candice Ivy has organized a one-woman exhibition of Mexican contemporary artist, Alida Cervantes. Recipient of the 2014 Wellesley College Alice Cole Fellowship, Cervantes’ work explores the complexity and tension of being a “border” artist, and the constant shifts of social and political lines as she crosses the border daily from San Diego to work in her art studio in Tijuana, Mexico. Cervantes’ rich and provocative paintings, drawings and video work address social hierarchies, gender relations, and the reflexive histories situated within colonial and present-day Mexico, where “sex, love, and emotions both flow and are repressed”. Born in Tijuana and living in San Diego, this will be Cervantes’ first East Coast solo presentation of her work.