BIG ARTS presents exhibition by Aida Tejada
Experimental mixed-media artist Aida Tejada’s latest exhibit, “Urban Layers,” is on display now through April 25 in the Dunham Family Gallery at BIG ARTS, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.
“Urban Layers” features a new body of work by Tejada, in which she explores the circular dynamic created between our everyday acts, the consequences and the “justified indifference” to facts. The exhibition features a series of photo collages that are transferred by hand onto several layers of acrylic “skins” and paper, transforming these mundane observations into an artifact of everyday life.
The public can also experience the show from the comfort of their home by visiting bigarts.org. Viewers can take a virtual stroll through a high-definition 3D rendering of the gallery.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Tejada spent half her life experiencing diverse cultures. The fact that she earned a degree in psychology and communication adds intellectual substance to her visual vocabulary, BIG ARTS reported. While she is well versed in traditional photography, Tejada’s artistic inclination from the start has been experimental. She uses various alternative photographic processes and hands-on photo-transfer techniques to create her work.
“I will present the latest project I’ve been working on during the last five years,” Tejada said. “I would like to see people taking an introspective look at their own inner thoughts, specifically the role we give ourselves to navigate our ‘civilized’ urban landscapes.”
Tejada is currently exploring acrylic skin as her primary medium, creating images from scratch, adding multiple layers of texture that enrich the already present histories of transferred photos. Additional treatment with drawing or painting techniques contributes to transforming each work into a one-of-a-kind piece. Seeking alternative perspectives to reality, she makes the subject irrelevant. Tejada transforms the ordinary into an aesthetic statement. She views the world with a heightened sense of emotion and empathy, creating poetic narratives, BIG ARTS reported.
The exhibit is open for viewing Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks are required and there is a 25-person limit in the gallery.
For more information, call the box office at 239-395-0900 or visit bigarts.org.