Clotilde Jiménez’s (born in 1990 in Honolulu, Hawaii and curently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico) work is focusing on colorful collage materials that allude to Western culture through the reuse of everyday materials such as wallpaper, popular clothing brand names, magazine clippings and papers of Mexican craft.
Jimenez sources in antique, modern, and contemporary art references to explore the limitations placed on the body in light of race, gender and sexuality. Collage allows him to tell several stories at the same time and to render his own lived experiences through an expansive archive of materials. Although the experience behind Jiménez’s work is subjective, a level of universal symbolism is present, ultimately exploring rigid definitions placed on Black and queer bodies. The materiality of charcoal allows the artist to construct statuesque marble-like figures that make reference to Greco-Roman sculpture, and the ways male beauty has been interpreted through the lens of a Western art historical canon.
Jiménez received his MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art, and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has exhibited at The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando (FL); Phillips Collection New York (NY); the Slade School of Fine Art, London (UK); and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle (WA). His work is also featured in notable collections such as the Ford Foundation (New-York, NY), Orlando Museum of art (WA), Hessel Museum of Art (Annandale-On-Hudson, NY), and the Beth Rudin DeWoody collection.