Delia Pérez Salinas Tijerina




Delia Pérez Salinas Tijerina, born in Mexico in 1982, began her career as an oil painter, making work in the classical techniques of the Flemish Old Masters. She attended Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, graduating with a BFA in 2003, and later earning an MFA in 2015. In 2007, she left Los Angeles on a personal odyssey, traveling the world for the next six years, living out of her suitcase in countries as disparate as China, Israel, and Germany, where she spent an extended period in Berlin. Upon her eventual return to the United States, Tijerina was invited to exhibit her first two monographic exhibitions, Pyxis at the Bolksy Gallery of Otis, as well as Pasatiempos, at Selecto – Planta Baja in Los Angeles in 2015.


In her sculpture, Tijerina frequently makes use of mirror and glass, plumbing the materials in a way that brings forth their innate sensuality. Literally making the viewer a component of the work through these reflective surfaces, which bounce back at the viewer their own likeness; her audience is asked to consider their own bodies, identities, and perhaps demons. They are also asked to consider the space they occupy. During her travels space became a preoccupation for Tijerina, and her works create alternative environments all their own. Tijerina does not shy from asking difficult questions about the nature of life itself, and in so doing, also life’s counterpoint, death. Her intrepid consideration of what might lie beyond this life carries over into her more recent video work as well. In Nine Holes (2015) for instance, a spectral figure, clad in a black sheet, hovers in a nearly darkened room, the glow emanating between slats of wood providing the only source of light. The body stands, bends over, genuflects, and rises again—a methodical ghost. The work’s title refers to an accompanying text, written by Victor Albarracin Llanos, which poetically contemplates the nine orifices that provide entry and exit to the human body. “As we have bodies, we have tears, turds and spittle,” Tijerina writes. “But we also have a soul, so there are emotions, frustrations and desires. We are the space in between both, connected thru our nine holes. We are not only corrupting matter, we are not disembodied souls. We are no ghosts.”