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Artist of The Day | Marela Zacarias

Marela Zacarias

Coatlicue's Return


Acrylic on plaster, wire mesh, wood and milk crates

74 × 74 × 74 in


Working with a labor-intensive process that merges sculpture with painting, Marela Zacarias fabricates forms out of wire screening attached to wooden supports or found objects to which she applies layers of plaster to create undulating forms. Through sanding, polishing, and painting, she creates sculptures with the quality of fabric, filled with movement and expressive quality. She then paints the sculptures with original patterns and geometric abstract shapes that are inspired by her research. Her work is characterized by an interest in site specificity, socially committed history and current events.

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