Part of the artist's series Naturaleza Viva, this painting portrays a lush and saturated wilderness informed by literature. These works play with the traditional Spanish titles given to still life painting, naturaleza muerta, and are illuminated by the use and significance of flowers in 17th-century Spanish and Dutch flower portraits. In this series, the artist extracts and adds paint to create textural arrangements exploding from their vases.
Patricia Iglesias Peco's research involves the long history of sexual nuance ascribed to the vegetal in both philosophic and psychoanalytic thought. The artist has also drawn from her personal experiences of birth and death for her depictions of flowers in the past—especially the beautification rituals surrounding these life experiences, and how florals are used to conceal darkness. Iglesias Peco's recent move to California renewed the prominent role of nature in her work, as she began exploring the surrounding landscape and numerous botanical gardens. Encountering the smells led the artist to a mystical jouissance, a state of arousal, informing a process of carving paint with a brush. Iglesias Peco's flowers are not only a mere sign of beauty, they are alive with secret intentions.
Patricia Iglesias Peco’s paintings depict a lush and saturated wilderness often informed by literature. The artist draws from both her personal experiences, art and intellectual history to explore the sexual nature and ritual use of flowers. In Iglesias Peco's compositions, flowers are not only a mere sign of beauty—they are alive with secret intentions.
Patricia Iglesias Peco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The artist undertook apprenticeships with Pablo Edelstein in Argentina and Philip Pavia in Italy. Afterward, Iglesias Peco moved to the United States to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Exhibitions of Iglesias Peco’s work have taken place at: SITUATIONS in New York City; Barbara Gladstone in New York City; La Loma Projects in Los Angeles, California; Del Vaz Projects in Los Angeles, California; and Soloway Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; among others.
Iglesias Peco lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
This painting portrays an exuberant bouquet spilling into an irreverent display. This work plays with the traditional Spanish titles given to still life paintings and is illuminated by the use and significance of flowers in 17th-century Spanish and Dutch flower portraits.More