In her recent most work, Perry-Herrera derives from a project that she was immersed in during 2010. During that time the artist undertook the role of researcher to investigate the lumber sold in her local hardware store and tracked it to a timber-felling site outside of Houston, Texas. From her research originated the idea of perceiving contemporary events in retrospect. Here, the work provokes the inquiry of imagining a world where trees are only a memory in a time when natural and man-made disasters deplete bucolic environments. Perry-Herrera uses cyanotype, an obsolete photographic process that relies on the light of the sun, to reproduce the various images that she collected from her timber-felling research. Adding to the preciousness of the trees, she preserves the cyanotype images in resin.
Brenda Perry-Herrera (b. 1978) was born in Juarez, Mexico and was raised at the U.S.-Mexican border region of El Paso, Texas. Her work explores themes of sociopolitical and ecological relevance. The artist has undertaken the roles of researcher, airplane pilot, amateur programmer, scientist, educator, and mother. She has been exhibited at Momenta, New York Hall of Science, BRIC, McKinney Contemporary, El Paso Museum of Art, and Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, as well as been the recipient of various awards and fellowships. Perry-Herrera was educated at Columbia College Chicago, University of Texas at El Paso, and School of Visual Arts in New York City. She currently lives and works between Texas and New York.