Material: acrylic on canvas
Size: 90 x 90 cm
Women of Nazare is inspired by a unique old fishing town on the coast of Portugal. Much of the towns original flavors have been diluted with new constructions and tourism. However, Malu visited the town in the late-80s when she was an adolescent, and was able to absorb much of the original atmosphere. She also visited Nazare in 2017 with her daughters. These figures become rare nowadays, so Malu mixes past memories with present observations, together with local architecture, to recreate a new magical reality, a moment in time which becomes eternal and the characters perennial witnesses. Notice the shift of spaces, some more descriptive, others break down into distortions or disorienting planes, even abstraction. Malu mixes identifiable perspectival relationships with elements of cubism to confuse us and create an ever shifting space. The figures become sculptural as the central one, while the others dissolve becoming distorted facial figments. The proportions of the figures assist in the ever shifting spatial relationships, are they far? are they in the same plane as others? The entire painting is monochromatic only in blues, including what may look like lavenders and greens.
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