My name is Lydia Cecilia. I am a Spanish visual artist focused on collage. I lived a few years in Dresden, Germany, and I am currently based in Vancouver.
I am on a quest to understand the world surrounding us. Because of this, I chose the path of Physics, where I conducted some research in the field of Plasma Physics. But I found, nevertheless, this path uncompleted, needing an essential component: the human feelings. What moves us forward, what motivate us. What restricts us or turn us powerful. The fears, hopes, joys,..., in summary, the process of creation of an identity.
During my process of searching and creating my own identity, I came across collage as a way to express my ideas about some important contemporary issues. To me, two of these important issues are, first, the struggle of women in our society and the need to understand femininity as a common place that unites us through our common longings, our daily difficulties and the desire for equality increasingly closer and, at the same time, in danger. And second, the need to eliminate those strict social labels that we intend to define and classify without being able to describe the complexity of the identities that make up our world. It is necessary to put into question certain ideas learned in order to create a scenario for discussion and understanding, where new conceptions have a place that until now have not been taken into account in our social construction.
To me, collage is a powerful tool to explore all these ideas. Indeed, collage allows us to break the preexisting hierarchies and to explore new realities. As a craftsman's granddaughter, I always felt fascinated by the creation of structures, which evolve to adapt to the passage of time. So, I use my creative process to break the preexisting roles in our society and to try to create a role-less society that is more free and understanding.