SOFÍA LUZ PÉREZ: My Shadow is My Teacher

April 6, 2024 to May 18, 2024


Sofía Luz Pérez is a Mexican American artist born in Austin, Texas and raised in Central New York. Her work often depicts ancient feminine archetypes while referencing self-portraiture, bringing together the ancient wisdom of her pre-Colombian cultural heritage with her present-day self.

“My practice stems from an inner narrative that I’m working through. Much of my work has been inspired by the experience I’ve had with healing illness, and by the healing of generational family trauma. I address both the physical and nonphysical (spiritual) aspects of those processes. I began drawing self-portraits to document my process and progression in the aftermath of the diagnosis.”

“Since then, I usually depict a fusion of self-portraiture and images of empowerment with symbolism from my ancestral heritage. I often reference archetypes through the powerful goddess imagery from Aztec mythology. I began my exploration into my ancient indigenous heritage many years ago, and it has been a key component in my creative practice.”

SUSTAINING SPONSORS: Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith

Alan Andrews & Nuala Wheat Andrews, Mark Briggs, Judy Lieblein, Lorraine Morganti, Harvey & Dorothy Pearl, Carole Resnick, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, Alan Rosenthal, Mara Sapon Shevin, Jeff Unaitis, and Carmen Viviano-Crafts

Joseph Carpenter & Richard Odom, Annemarie Deegan, Margrit Diehl, Christine Flynn, Nirelle & Allen Galson – In Honor of Robert Colley, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Mike Greenlar & Linda Bogart-Greenlar, Ruth Heller & Bennet Schaber, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Joe Marusa & Beth Drew, Jeremy  McKay, Lauren & Walter Melnikow, Shirley & Larry Novak, Lleni Pach, George Savage, Craig Schlanger & Rosemary Welch, Ellen Schwartz, Vince Sgambati, Sharye Skinner, Syracuse Antiques Exchange-Richard Jaeger, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Mary Traynor, Paul Welch & Sharon Dettmer, Shaila Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, Ron VanNorstrand, and Amy Zamkoff – In Memory of Rae Kramer

Anonymous, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Bousquet Holstein, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Sam Gruber – In Memory of Dik Cool, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, The DUKE Malavenda Foundation, Inc., Sidney Manes & Amy Zamkoff, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Sarah Stewart McIlvain, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, Reisman Foundation, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Mary Stanley, and Carolyn Stark & John Przepiora