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My art practice contemplates the way physical and mental materials come into being and change. Like an excavated cluster of organic debris, bones and earth crust, my art finds an active place between becoming and being. In observing natural forces, I draw from schemes and structures intrinsic in nature, which present orderliness, and equilibrium, as well as chaos and randomness. Pondering on transience and dissolution of all things, I create through experimental and improvised means of construction and destruction.

Circling the poetic language of abstract painting and documentation of processes of making, my artworks take forms of wall and floor sculptures, paintings, collages, ceramics, photographs, and installations. In the interplay of mediums and codes, I’m interested in the moment of insight that happens when something can’t be known nor understood but perceived as sensation, feeling, and imagination. I’m fascinated by the act of looking and how it can reveal its internal-external paradox between experiencing and the naming of it, between sensory input and cognition.

The recurring themes may include the transformation of matter and information, serendipity, transience, the unexpected, and randomness.     

Marcela Gottardo (b. 1982 Brazil) lives and works between Pistoia, Italy and Los Angeles, California. She received a Master of Fine Arts in 2014 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2012 at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, USA.

 

marcelagottardo@ymail.com