Millicent Alvarado at Presa House in San Antonio

Presa House gallery in San Antonio welcomes Corpus Christi, TX sculptor Millicent Alvarado’s debut solo exhibition, Behind Four Eyes, Behind Four Walls. Alvarado will be making her San Antonio debut with all-new work featuring her intricate paper and felt 3D works and an immersive installation.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 7 to 11 pm, and the artist will be in attendance. The exhibition will remain on view by appointment through August 17, 2024.

In Behind Four Eyes, Behind Four Walls, Alvarado draws inspiration from everyday life and the individuals she meets. Her art often reflects themes of sadness. Although her representations are cryptic and indistinguishable, they are loosely based on her encounters and personal experiences.

Rich with symbolism and deep emotions, Alvarado’s work serves as a therapeutic process, allowing her to navigate her thoughts and feelings through meticulous paper and felt sculpting. Some pieces carry deep personal meanings, while others remain playful. All are windows into her thinking, which Alvarado describes as “thinking in color,” infusing her work with a vibrant, fairytale-like quality. This collection offers viewers a glimpse into her deeply personal yet colorful world.

About Millicent Alvarado

Millicent Alvarado (b. 2000) is a sculptor based in Corpus Christi known for her vibrant work in paper and felt. A self-taught artist, her creative journey began with a childhood fascination with origami, which evolved into her distinctive style of paper sculpting. Now a full-time artist, Alvarado dedicates herself to crafting 3-D sculptural experiences and immersive installations, drawing inspiration from the mundane, and transforming everyday objects into living narratives.

Her work seamlessly blends a vivid imagination with meticulous precision to reflect on personal experiences and worldviews. Influenced by the psychedelic poster art and vintage fashion of the 60s and 70s, her creations feature a kaleidoscope of colors and bold shapes, offering enigmatic windows into her inner thoughts. Despite the often melancholic themes, her introspective yet colorful works create a striking contrast that invites viewers to form their own interpretations.

In 2021, Alvarado exhibited at the Art Center of Corpus Christi alongside her sister, artist Franceska Alvarado (Franceska exhibited at Presa House last year in May of 2023). In 2024, Alvarado was announced as one of over 40 Texas-based collaborating artists for Meow Wolf’s newest location in Houston, TX.

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