We had the good fortune of connecting with Peris Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peris, what inspires you?
Sometimes I’m not inspired. At times I find myself completely wrapped up in the external material world and exist as a mind-body system without much awareness. I think this usually happens when my focus is situated on satisfying a society that values infinite accumulation above all else. It is easy for me to feel as if I’m closed off from accessing my awareness when I give in to the systemic pressure to obsess over reclaiming the past and fearing the future. When I’m connected to a feeling of transcendence beyond my physical and thinking reality, I feel most inspired to create. I believe visual art has the unique power to communicate with the deepest part of human existence — our consciousness. Intellectualism and language always fall short in expressing the truth of our collective consciousness. Art, on the other hand, reminds me of the magic within the ordered chaos of our boundless existence.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Creating visual art is my favorite part of living, however, I have also become interested in researching the power that art holds over people, and why people create. Currently, I am working on an independent research project to explore this. I believe our social construction of reality is the product of conflicting binaries dependent on the facade of the self-identity. As a result, our interconnected world is devastated by violence, inequity, and constant suffering. The unique power of art to transcend physical and social boundaries makes space for the possibility of unity since information can be conveyed universally. Art is given meaning through each individual’s perception, allowing for it to effectively shift consciousness. By considering how visual art affects our immaterial consciousness, I’m hoping to discover how it can counteract the competitive individualism that exists on a global scale as a result of colonization. I believe art holds the power to counteract global conflict by emphasizing a sense of interconnectedness.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting, let’s say in a pre-Covid world, I would start by taking them to Aqui Con El Nene on Flowing Wells Rd. Then, we’d head downtown to bike around and check out some Tucson murals. I’d definitely make sure to take them to Bookman’s and Zia Records for some books and vinyl. Afterward, we would head over to gates pass to enjoy the Arizona sunset that, in 19 years, has never let me down. Eventually, we’d make our way deeper into the desert for some ecstatic dancing. The rest of our week would consist of hikes through the desert mountains, cooking and eating Mexican food, and talking to the loving and open-minded people that make Tucson the incredible place it is.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To all the loving people forever a part of me, thank you so much. Mom and Dad, thank you for always encouraging me to explore, question, and for showing me how to love without limits. Pilar and Whitt, my forever best friends, thank you both for always reminding me of the absurdity of life; I love you two. To all the other loving people I’m lucky enough to have connected with, thank you for showing me the true beauty of existence; I’m forever grateful.