"The memory of freedom lies in those open fields in the forests of my youth."
"I work a lot with colors and textures. In gestural painting these elements are driven by emotions. The movement suggests new situations that end up taking me along different paths. I am at the mercy of emotion, going wherever I am taken by it.
"I paint that which is part of my life. I am inspired by antique walls and their colors worked over by time. In my childhood I lived in a huge house, an old colonial hacienda that was built for my great-grandfather. I often ask myself why I am so drawn by these walls and I think that during my life I've felt very limited, almost walled in by the bureaucratic demands of everyday life. The memory of freedom lies in those open fields in the forests of my youth.
"To paint is to exercise mental freedom, to create new territories. On the canvas I give movement to that which allows me to travel in my mind. I appropriate photos from journals and magazines, reworking, constructing, and deconstructing the images in the end to give them new meaning, a new dimension."
Crescents play about a woman's face, caressing her cheeks and forming her features. She closes her eyes, while ruby lips bring vibrant color to an abstract portrait. "I always depict women with their eyes closed," Jacira Baptista says of this elegant....read more
Filing through the streets of a town or city, the devout participate in a religious procession. Some carry images of saints and of Jesus, while others simply walk together in solidarity. Prayer and song emanate from this handsome abstract by Iraceia....read more
Books, a bottle and a brass goblet appear amid warm abstract forms. Exploring her memories of Spain, Odacy Montenegro creates a friendly ambience that welcomes the viewer into a moment of leisure. Vivid crimson implies a vital connection.
With arms lifted to embrace the other, abstract figures face in opposite directions. The circles and petals appear in mirror images as Vera Lemos juxtaposes forms and colors. Warm and playful, the abstract is tranquil, yet thought-provoking.
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