Cecilia Beaven: Flickering Cocoon

Interdisciplinary artist Cecilia Beaven creates mystical environments and narratives through her large graphic wall paintings. Her paintings and sculptures first appeared at the Art Center in Ground Floor (2020) and continued to develop on site during a Radicle Residency (2021). This exhibition will feature a new temporary mural, drawings, and small clay and papier mache sculptures by Beaven featuring the women-centered worlds she has been illustrating over the past five years.




banner image: Cecilia Beaven, Inflorescence, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches

  • October 12, 2024 – April 6, 2025
  • Gallery 5

About Cecilia Beaven

Cecilia Beaven is a visual artist and art instructor from Mexico City, based in Chicago. Cecilia holds an MFA in Studio from SAIC which she coursed as a Fulbright scholar and a BFA with honors from ENPEG La Esmeralda (Mexico City). Cecilia’s multidisciplinary artwork has been shown in solo shows in Mexico City, Houston, and Chicago, as well as in group exhibitions in Mexico, the US, Colombia, Sweden, Italy, and Japan. She has painted murals in several cities such as Hiketa, Paris, Houston, Chicago, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Pachuca, Tepoztlan, and Tijuana, where she was commissioned to paint a segment of the border wall between Mexico and the US.

Through her work, which includes painting, drawing, animation, film, and sculpture, Cecilia develops a speculative mythology with unique visual narratives. Cecilia questions who gets to tell stories and establish the official cultural narratives. The artist affirms her creative agency by modifying existing tales and mythology and seamlessly adding fiction and personal anecdotes. Through this analytical and ludic experimentation, Cecilia brings a unique perspective on Mexican identity that goes beyond folklore and mainstream ideas of Mexico.

In 2019 Cecilia was awarded the Leroy Neiman Foundation Fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art, in Saugatuck, Michigan. In 2020 Cecilia was invited as a resident at the Mono Rojo Ceramics workshop in Mexico City. In 2021, Cecilia was awarded the year-long Radicle Studio Residency at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

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