Iraida Icaza


Left to right (background), Untitled, 2005, Untitled, 2005, Untitled 2011, Enjaulado, 2011, Iraida Icaza. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Left to right (background), Untitled, 2005, Untitled, 2005, Untitled 2011, Enjaulado, 2011, Iraida Icaza. Photo: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery


Iraida Icaza Panamá

The artist reveals...

...how lace is significant to their work


“Like a photograph, lace can conceal and reveal. It is a web of contradictions; it can be a layer protecting hidden things or the unknown. Lace implies ambiguity, the duality of darkness and light, the creative tension between negative and positive”.

...the ideas behind the work

“In the work presented here I explore the in-between, which for me could be a metaphor for ‘penumbra’, the time of day when the sun has almost faded, when it is neither day nor night. It is that middle grey ground that is magical and harbours the unknown, when lights and shadows sway between positive and negative, when objects dissolve and when the definition of spatial dimensions does not matter anymore”.

Iraida Icaza studied at Rhode Island School of Design, USA, and works in Panamá, New York and London. Exhibitions include Kettles Yard, Cambridge (2006), and Casa Museo Edara, Panamá (2008). Collections include World Bank, Washington DC, and Museo de Arte y Diseño, Costa Rica.

Arts Council Esmee Faibairn Swarovski