Massiel Mafes // Untitled

Massiel Mafes // Untitled


2017, oil, acrylic, fabric and canvas sewn together

Artist Statement:

Through a combination of sewn and painted gesture, I explore the notion of ambiguity by capturing the visual moment of movement and manipulation. The forms in my paintings are legible yet abstract at the same time, allowing room for interpretation.

I integrate the process of cutting, sewing, and painting and explore ways in which various shapes within the image can be perceived. With this approach, I take control over the material and delve into the element of chance when I attach the fabric pieces. The media used does not rest on the surface, but rather, thick layers of paint and sewing thread are physically embedded within the canvas, allowing me to reverse the sides multiple times and decide the composition.

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