Clotilde Jiménez (b. Honolulu, Hawaii, 1990) is a visual artist based in Mexico City. Jiménez received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH (2013) in Printmaking, and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK (2018) in Painting.
Jiménez references intricate aspects of his life using strategically cut and arranged layers of multimedia collage that activate a dynamistic viewing of the visual narratives presented. “Most of my work is autobiographical, so collage allows me to tell several stories at the same time”, Jiménez states. Through a kaleidoscope lens, composite portraits within montaged vignettes, offer a dream-like gaze into the artist’s inner thoughts. Emotions triggered from vivid dreams and memories take form, as the artist sketches daily. From this cathartic exercise, a singular visual language has emerged, resulting in thought provoking cannon of motifs: tropical fruits, pink painted fingernails, lingerie, and boxing gear.
Close readings of Jiménez’s work change initial evocations of whimsical frolic, and carefree simplicity, to varying interpretations that are dependent on the viewer’s point of view, regarding gender performance, sexuality, social justice, and racial equality. Nonetheless, Jiménez utilizes quotidian, relatable childhood experiences that present the question, “What is so queer about queerness?”
His work is featured in noted collections including; The Ford Foundation, Orlando Museum of Art, Hessel Museum of Art, and the Beth Rubin DeWoody collection.