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Hyperallergic Covers Selva Aparicio’s Solo Exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum

In a recent Hyperallergic review, Senior Lecturer Lori Waxman dives into the heartbreaking yet poignant complexities of School of the Art Institute Chicago alum Selva Aparicio’s (BFA 2012) solo exhibition, In Memory Of, at the DePaul Art Museum. This exhibition acts as a memorial of sorts as Aparicio processes her trauma through creation. Growing up in Barcelona, Aparicio developed impactful artistic mentorships and was deeply immersed in the natural world. Aparicio combines saved natural materials with found domestic objects to breathe a new life into discarded objects.

The exhibition includes works like Remains, which imitates the stained glass windows of the Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona but is actually made from old lettuce leaves stuck between plexiglass. Curated by fellow alum Ionit Behar (MA 2013), In Memory Of is set up like a home, as one walks through various rooms containing these naturally modified objects. Aparicio and Behar create a space to process grief and reflect on the importance of all living beings.