Kimberly Rene’ Vanecek
She waits with patience for the smoke from a flame to invoke an emotional exchange between her hand and the canvas. When the moment arises she nurtures the relationship of her brush to the canvas as the strokes are gently and delicately applied.
Adriana Peraldi is ever so slightly influenced by a sip of Bordeaux as her paintings begin to come alive. But her attention does not stay with just one subject, she sees the need to pay care to three separate pieces, each requiring of her expertise.
“My mission is to provoke emotions from people to talk about my work,” said Peraldi. She openly admits she loves to play with the subliminal message she receives from friends and family, even strangers throughout the day. She transfers those images onto the canvas and works to create a painting that will suggest thought and also a dialogue. “I want their imaginations to play, I want to entice you to talk about the piece. I want to play with people’s thoughts and see what translates into my works.”
Adriana, originally from Juarez, now enjoying life in El Paso, prefers to paint at night. She feels more creative and alive as the night draws near. “During the day you can choose to be upset and let it ruin your day, but at night, the emotion dissipates. You can release that feeling on canvas and let it go,” said Adriana. “I like to burn a candle and allow the waves of the smoke to mentor to me. I can sit there for hours until I feel the passion to pick up the brush and let it guide me to the canvas.” Peraldi says she feels more creative at the wee hours of the morning and speaks passionately about her inspirations.
“The smoke sends me a signal to my subconscious and I like to use that signal in my work,” said Peraldi. Adriana’s work is notably soft in nature but bold in its statement. Her pieces portray sexuality, femininity, unity and strength. The shapes of the bodies are not strictly defined on canvas but in ones mind to decide the message it sends. “My pieces are very emotional and yes, sometimes very sexual. I want you to engage with my work. I want you to speak to each other about what you feel and what you see, because each of us will have a connection to my painting, but each of us will have a different connection. I want to hear what you feel.”
Peraldi first started experimenting in art when she was a young girl by mixing pigments that would be used in wool tapestries at her mother’s workshop in Juarez. From there, her love of art blossomed.
She admits she is enamored by painting and sometimes finds it hard to concentrate on new people, “I look into your eyes and I see emotion, I look at you and see the ruffle on your blouse and I want to paint it, I sit in an economics class and think how I can paint the crease on his shirt, not learn about numbers, I see a couple fight and want to paint them!”
Peraldi’s work can be viewed online at http://www.adrianperaldi.com