Quimetta Perle lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and exhibits her mixed media work internationally. Her work has been shown in the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Museum and the Bronx Museum. Regally posed women dominate earlier pieces. In her newest work, the figure is heroic, and in motion. Perspective and shading interact with flat surfaces. Mysticism, elegance and pop culture vie with and complement each other. Process is important, with larger works taking hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of beads to create.
“I create images of empowered women in luminous beads and reflective sequins. They are of diverse races, ethnicities and ages. Some pieces are embedded with small format video imagery in iPods or digital frames. This looped video is gestural; with kissing lips, hand gestures, eyes looking around or spitting pearls; occasionally with sound, to “tell” poems.”