| [GALLERIES] ELIGERE
2023. 3. 10 – 3. 30
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic-born American artist Tania Marmolejo studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, graduating from Fine Arts and Illustration. She has explored large-scale works with ambiguous female facial expressions juxtaposing the intimate and personal with the monumental, using the portraits and physical expression as a system of communicating vessels to transfer emotions into the viewers creating affective and emotional empathy.
Emotion is always at the forefront of Tania Marmolejo’s work, underlying every character and scene, creating an open pathway and conversation in order to connect with others more deeply.
While the female characters tend to be the protagonists, echoing the Artist’s experiences and emotions, she also uses other characters and objects that help create a narrative. Animals are her favorite characters used to create a storyline in her work.
For ages, animals have been used as metaphors for human experiences and feelings and as a dynamic counterparts to human characters. They can represent yet also blur the lines between joy and sorrow, pride and humiliation, fear and security, hope and despair, love and neglect, and provide endless possibilities for inspiration. They may be metaphors for feelings in the female character herself, metaphors for the way society interacts with these characters, or may even represent a specific person. She leaves the conversation open and the possibility for the viewer to decide for themselves.
In this group of paintings, she used the animals in a mostly humorous way to tell a story of how we may see ourselves, or interact with others, reminding herself and the viewers that we are also animals, after all. They can be enjoyed simply represented as they are, but also searching for a deeper level in the painting as well.
In this collection, the technique is kept loose and sketch-like, especially since she does not sketch her paintings beforehand for the expression and emotion of the characters to be a spontaneous product of her immediate emotions as she creates the paintings.
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