The series consists of a polyptych that is in constant evolution and whose number of pieces changes. These can be hung and viewed in many forms or placed on the floor, forming one large work. In this series I reaffirm my interest in the local, in the “good” bad taste, in the popular, in folklore, in the baroque, in the poetry of daily life and in finding beauty where it is not obvious. In these markets all my senses are activated, and I observe the place like a work of art that lends me its profound beauty, not to imitate, but to allow me to visually experiment with it various themes: the food, the objects, the maps of where they are found, the magic and its ingredients — amulets and textiles. I want these subjects to activate the memory and imagination, forcing spectators to re-view what has become familiar and known. I want to provoke the gaze. Through the fragmentation of the object, the construction, the use of collage, photography and the objects themselves, I assemble these pieces, which are a kind of puzzle, a game in which I invite you to participate.
Juanita Pérez-Adelman was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 1977 with a master’s degree in Etching. She has been living in Mexico since 1987.
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Amuleto y jabón para la abundancia Amulet and Soap for Prosperity Mercados I (2003)