9 x 12 inches
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Untitled (Blue Bellies)
Since timing has nothing to do with it anymore,
Only dust and
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight
two, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight
three, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight
four, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight (and so on)
Breathlessly counting off stage for the one moment of conviction it offers her -
In the mirror, an infinite supply of blue and pink
In the mirror, an abundance of ballet bars and bellies.
But blue she twirls until the floor smells like sweat and sour berries -
(Her toes of jam and blood)
Her toes which mimic her own reach when finally,
for a moment,
she holds her own hand (above all else but not-for-long)
until she disappears
back into the curtains of disbelief and a supposed reality…….
Since timing has nothing to do with it anymore.
Alina Perez (b. 1995, Miami, Florida) works with charcoal and pastel on paper to explore our attachments to memory, and the power of belief. She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University of Art in New Haven. She was participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has attended several artist residencies including the Fine Arts Works Center and the Alex Brown Foundation. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, the 2019 Atlanta Biennia in Atlanta, Arcadia Missa in London, and Deli Gallery in New York.