Clotilde Jiménez creates figurative collages on paper made from everyday materials (j-cloths, brown paper, kitchen towel) combined with found imagery gleaned from free magazines, and drawn or painted elements that center the queer black male body. The collages are to a greater or lesser extent, self-portraits that explore and trace his own identity, and how to represent himself in the face of the constraints and biases of Western Culture. The materials Jiménez focuses on using in his collages form a kind of subtext and have the potential to connect the personal nature of the works with more general political conditions.
Clotilde Jiménez (b. Honolulu, Hawaii, 1990) is a visual artist based in London, and MFA candidate (2018) in the painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 2015, Jiménez was awarded the Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Program by MOCA Cleveland, and was the recipient of a studio visit by Naomi Beckwith Curator at MCA Chicago. Also in 2015, Jiménez was the Artist-in-Residence at Fljóstunga, Reykholt, Iceland (2015), and the Slade’s London Intensive. His work has featured in VICE’s The Creators Project and New American Paintings issue #125, in which selected him as a noteworthy artist. Jimenez’s work is featured in noted public collections including; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, The Fljótstunga Art Collection, Reykholt, Iceland
Photo credit: Clotilde Jiménez, Victor’s Secret, 2016