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“Lia Chavez’s bravura performance.” — Image Journal

Lia Chavez's earliest performance work has a bare and austere quality that is underlined by the rigorous appropriation of cross-cultural contemplative disciplines which aid in calibrating the artist as a resonate instrument of insight and inspiration.

“Deploying her consciousness as an artistic material, she offers her flesh as a conduit or mirror, a prism refracting light.” — The Other Journal

For Chavez, the study of creative genesis is an all-encompassing fascination. True Light was a decidedly devotional endurance performance lasting for three months. The performance was the first of many occasions Chavez has utilized her body as a living laboratory for investigating creative genesis. The artist fasted for ninety days broken into a trinity of thirty-day units, each with a different focus: thirty days of prayer, followed by thirty days of meditation, followed by thirty days of silence. This methodical process of self-imposed deprivation was designed to cleanse the artist’s perception and connect her with the inner source of creativity.

Relating to her ongoing preoccupation with the theme of illumination and the roles that light and darkness play in human perception, the performance title derives from an inscription upon the world's first Gothic architectural masterpiece, St. Denis in Paris, made by Abbot Suger, the 12th Century father of Gothic architecture.

Bright is the noble work; but, being nobly bright, the work should brighten the minds, so that they may travel, through the true lights, to the True Light...The dull mind rises to truth through that which is material and, in seeing this light, is resurrected from its former submersion. — Suger

“By probing the inner landscapes of her mind, she harnesses creative insights that inspire fresh connections between art and science.” — The Other Journal


True Light, September 1 - December 1, 2012

New York, London, Assisi

Photography credit: David Bourla

Selected Press

Image Journal

The Huffington Post Arts & Culture

The Other Journal



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