Mara De Luca | Capricorn Rising
Reception: Saturday January 20, 2024, 6-8 PM
In contrast, she often spent free time attending the city’s ballet and opera performances, drawing continued inspiration from the theatricality and set lighting of their artificial backdrops. Influenced by the imposing and romantic nature of these sets, she took this opportunity to work on a grander scale in her own studio. The largest painting in the exhibition, The Lovers 2, is made up of two canvases totaling nearly 11 feet in length, with paint poured and layered onto unprimed canvas on one side, and painted with a gradient monochrome on the other. Accidental, approximate gestures result in striking paintings of clouded skies and nighttime realms inspired by those she took notice of in the city and in theatrical productions. Transformation, whether physical or spiritual, is alluded to by the monochrome portions as illusionistic fades created by a repeated systematic merging of two colors.