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Estadio 2


artist | Maria Carbonell

2016

Painting

24 × 33 cm / 9.4 × 13.0 in

Oil and spray paint on canvas.

Maria Carbonell's portraits deal with the human condition, the inevitability of isolation and the awareness of the inescapability of death. Her recent works don’t look for an explicit narrative, but rather the ... Read more
Oil and spray paint on canvas.

Maria Carbonell's portraits deal with the human condition, the inevitability of isolation and the awareness of the inescapability of death. Her recent works don’t look for an explicit narrative, but rather the construction of a figurative language where the work is important beyond the narrative aspects it may have.

Carbonell says, “I look for relationships between evidence and interpretation; figuration and abstraction; and among black and white and colour, using different materials in the same painting, such as acrylic, oil, spray paint or enamel. A fundamental concept in the development of my works is that the pictorial dynamism exceeds the representative subject.”

Carbonell works from images found on the Internet, which serve as a starting point and end up being altered by fragmentation and subsequent reconstruction. Illness, pain and violence— these are some of the subjects that appear repeatedly, serving as a central motif of the human figure.

She says, “I am interested in creating images that explore the fascination and the abyss between beauty and horror, and which bring the viewer a sense of discomfort and restlessness. My idea of artwork is that it goes beyond the image. It is that one that invites the viewer to question the relationship between content and subject matter.” Read less
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