Material: acrylic on linen
Size: 80 x 130 cm
Continuing with her earthy themes, and with elements of cubism and perspective distortions, Malu used a red ochre priming on the linen canvas, and created a rich aged textural feeling which allows the viewer to experience the porous nature of the buildings and the sunlight casting sharp shadows. She turns her characters from the old fishing town of Nazare, into salt sculptures frozen in time in their melancholic isolated loneliness, their faces in "baconian" distortions describing the hardship endured by its people ... The overall feeling embodies the transient lives and simultaneously frozen stupor of a warm afternoon, with its perennial characters in utter static existentialist contemplation. The painting is inspired by a photograph by the talented portuguese photographer Artur Pastor.
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