Maddalena Zadra

2018, BA (Hons)  Painting, University of Brighton

"“The dancing female was very magical indeed, for she had no head whatsoever, and her nipples were her eyes and her vulva was her mouth.” I am interested in the pleasure of reading and hearing stories that make you smile when you are trying to visualise them in your head. The figurative narrative of my work should make you float around a simple variety of symbols that spread, hiding and revealing stories in turn. It becomes a journey through images and visual metaphors that build upon the literary, including fairy tales, myth and personal experience. The works veil a critique and observation towards the figure of women in a humorous and playful way. The surface is handled in a pure and sensitive way. It is a combination of colours, lines and shapes that form unusual harmonies in the paintings. The visible stitching that connects the pieces of canvas together operates as a colour contrast with the fabric and ink, defining the composition of the painting itself. The figurative element is created by the technique of mono printing, which is a quick and direct process and when used on canvas, produces a raw surface quality. The question starts in each piece with the dialogue between the material surface and related mark making. Alongside the materiality of the works, the open stories and illustrations should dare you to engage and entwine your imagination with the unconscious."
The Goddess of obscenity tells dirty jokes
Painting 
120 cm x 180 cm
Be careful because the lobster can bite
Painting 
120 cm x 180 cm
Tonight balls and pesto pasta
Painting 
120 cm x 180 cm

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