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Alumni Focus: Aimee Gilmore & Veronica Perez

Alumni Focus: Aimee Gilmore & Veronica Perez
Saturday, October 14th '17 – Saturday, February 10th '18
Moore Galleries at the Kimmel Center (300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102)

This exhibition presents the work of two recent graduates in Moore’s Fine Arts undergraduate program, Aimee Gilmore '13 and Veronica Perez '14. Both women earned their BFA at Moore College of Art & Design and went on to successfully achieve MFAs in Fine Arts at University of Pennsylvania and Maine College of Art, respectively. The works on view represent both artists’ feminist interpretations of their own personal experiences through contemporary practice.

Aimee Gilmore’s latest body of work is a result of her recent discoveries in motherhood. This collection of imagery reflects the process of archiving a routine (breastfeeding)  through its most essential material and highlights the communication between mother and daughter through abstraction. It is through this collection of Milkscapes that Gilmore begins to viscerally relate the abstract nature of motherhood to the unpredictable nature of breast milk, a material that exposes and emphasizes the necessity of letting go. Gilmore received a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in 2013 and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

Veronica Perez utilizes raw construction materials—like cement and steel rebar—and juxtaposes them with kitsch objects like fake flowers to push our perceptions of beauty. Perez creates intense personal moments by exploring hybridization and the role our ideals of beauty and nostalgia relate to fragility of self. Through all of this experimentation, Perez simultaneously investigates tensions surrounding contemporary feminism. Perez received a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in 2014 and an MFA from Maine College of Art in 2016. She lives and works in Maine.

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