SOFÍA 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, Harvey & Dorothy Pearl, Lorraine Morganti, Carole Resnick, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, Alan Rosenthal, Carmen Viviano-Crafts, and Jeff Unaitis

Joseph Carpenter & Richard Odom, Annemarie Deegan, Beth Drew & Joe Marusa, Chris Flynn, Nirelle & Allen Galson – In Honor of Robert Colley, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Sam Gruber, Ruth Heller & Bennet Schaber, Sarah Stewart McIlvain, Shirley & Larry Novak, George Savage, Craig Schlanger & Rosemary Welch, Ellen Schwartz, Vince Sgambati, Sharye Skinner, Syracuse Antiques Exchange, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Mary Traynor, Ron VanNorstrand, Shaila Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff – In Memory of Rae Kramer

Bousquet Holstein PLLC, The Dorothy & Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, WRVO, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan, EDGEWOOD GALLERY, Ann Jamison, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, and Carolyn Stark & John Przepiora