Saelia Aparicio’s work focuses on the body as an organism of hybridity, whose internal and external features change with passing time. She sees the skin as a costume for what is inside of each person, but a costume that can age and disease and whose features can quickly become dysmorphic. Each of her exhibitions creates a new ecosystem of characters that drives us into the present, and invites her viewers to consider alternative futures. Aparicio uses these exhibitions to explore universal issues including invasive species and housing problems, to pollution and the climate crisis.
“My work is making a comment on, or establishing a language through which to look at the problems that are there and which worry me. I don’t see the body as a source of horror but we’re living in a world that’s increasingly superficial and very related to the surface of the body. Things like fermentation and digestion are seen as gross and scary, but we all have this whole unknown world inside us that we don’t know and understand - I find that fascinating.” - Saelia Aparicio
Aparicio (b. 1982, Spain) moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art, from which she graduated in 2015. She has exhibited in over 75 shows, including 12 solo shows. In 2019 Aparicio created an installation at the the Sarabande x JOYCE pop up in Hong Kong before exhibiting at the Serpentine in London. In 2019 she also won the Generaciones, an award celebrating contemporary art.
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