About Me

CAMPOS CRUZADOS

 

 

O trabalho de Maria Mergulhão constitui-se como um campo expandido da pintura que merece a maior atenção.

Cruzando diversas disciplinas, da pintura à fotografia, da instalação à performance, da poesia à escultura, ele traduz rara capacidade de exposição e devolução.

Esta pintura pode evadir-se do cavalete para um interior completo, móveis e objectos incluídos (alguns tão inusitados como uma banheira), em cores flúo e formas que, da tradição da não figuração à sua trasmutação numa linguagem autoralmente discernível, adquirem uma unidade visualmente pujante.

A prática confessional da poesia bilingue contamina esta pintura também, que se expande em relevos e inscrições que, de forma contundente ou subtil, a transformam em pintura-relevo e em escultura também, registo e releitura do quotidiano, numa busca de equilíbrio entre a razão e a emoção.

Recentemente, a fotografia tem-se imiscuído cada vez mais nesta prática, confessional e reivindicativa, até, de territórios de liberdade que, nascendo da esfera íntima, explodem para o colectivo com uma vitalidade que denuncia a atenção aos mais díspares universos, individuais ou colectivos.

Do cavalete à fotografia, culminando numa síntese pujante e singular, esta pintura surge como uma necessária alternativa atenta às chamadas alta e baixa cultura, acrescida de inegável capacidade de sedução.

 

Rui Afonso Santos

 

 

The bluntness in my work is something I enjoy. The revealing of personal experiences and facts that shape my reality: self-revelation in a way, self-trauma in another. Mental and emotional states are underlined, with an aesthetic addiction of fluorescent colours, forms and fonts. These intimate facts present themselves obsessively rather than being repressed in a hole of the psyche. It is as if these works are mirrors of undigested life stuff which gets spilled out in a canvas, sculpture or installation. I work with song lyrics and my own poetry as forms of story-telling.  The variety of these expressions are remains of things that happen. I like to invade everything I get my hands on with bits and pieces of me, like weeds invading the ground. These bits and pieces work like a puzzle that I construct in two ways: to physically build the artwork and to psychically figure things out. It is not like tying loose ends because some loose ends cannot be tied but it is like exploding them back to the place they came from: life. So basically I make stuff alive from ephemeral bits of information. I consider myself a confessional artist.

Honesty and boldness are unavoidable aspects of my work. I like to think I expose human experiences, such as relational and interpersonal experiences, as love disappointments, society conventions within a roller-coaster of impressions.

Frankness dresses itself naked and walks around in a canvas, installation, or sculpture. I examine the notion of public and private and the boundary that brakes them. I seems to have an obsession for existential questions and pragmatic facts which constitute the revelation of my personal living experience spilled out in colours and text. The impact of fluorescent colours and persuasive character of the work create questions of the dynamic aspects of life as remains of different emotional states. The vulnerability and elasticity is used in narrative as source for story-telling in loose phrases coming from her poetry or song lyrics. The use of different patterns have without a doubt an aesthetical appeal. With the diverse decontextualized objects and materials, she creates as she describes ‘paintings in space’. Like weeds, there is a contamination, like a disease that spreads itself in colours and text. Let’s spill it all out.