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Marisa Torres

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What if…? installation view, 2011<br/>Vinyl, graphite on wall, 71 x 51 in (180 x 130 cm)<br/>Private Collection, Barcelona, Spain<br/> What if…? installation view, 2011
Vinyl, graphite on wall, 71 x 51 in (180 x 130 cm)
Private Collection, Barcelona, Spain
  1. What if…? installation view, 2011
    Vinyl, graphite on wall, 71 x 51 in (180 x 130 cm)
    Private Collection, Barcelona, Spain
  2. What if…? installation detail, 2011
    Vinyl, graphite on wall, 71 x 51 in (180 x 130 cm)
  3. What if…? installation detail, 2011
    Vinyl, graphite on wall, 71 x 51 in (180 x 130 cm)
  4. Be Project, sketch for an installation, 2012
    Colored pencil, graphite on paper, 10 x 7 in (26 x 18 cm)
    From Sketchbook Project 2012, Brooklyn Art Library, New York, NY
  5. From Sketchbook Project 2012, Brooklyn Art Library, New York, NY
    Ink on paper, 10 x 7 in (26 x 18 cm)
  6. Ripples (study for installation), 2012
    Cut out paper, 18 x 24 in (46 x 60 cm)
  7. La Seguridad del Hombre/Man's Sense of Security, 2012
    Ink, cut out paper, mixed media on paper, 27.5 x 39.5 in (70 x 100 cm)
  8. La Seguridad del Hombre/Man's Sense of Security (detail), 2012
    Ink, cut out paper on paper, 27.5 x 39.5 in (70 x 100 cm)
  9. You Gain Strength, 2011
    Gouache, graphite, colored pencil, ink on paper, 15 x 11 in (38 x 28 cm)
  10. You Gain Strength (detail), 2011
    Gouache, graphite, colored pencil, ink on paper, 15 x 11 in (38 x 28 cm)
  11. Untitled (Mussels), 2011
    Gouache, graphite, ink on paper; 22.5 x 30 in (57 x 76 cm)
  12. Untitled (Mussels) detail, 2011
    Gouache, graphite, ink on paper; 22.5 x 30 in (57 x 76 cm)
  13. Ripples, installation view, 2013
    Cut out paper and pins on wall
    Centre Pere Pruna, Barcelona, Spain
  14. Ripples, detail, 2013
    Cut out paper and pins on wall
    Centre Pere Pruna, Barcelona, Spain
  15. Ripples, installation detail, 2013
    Cut out paper and pins on wall
    Centre Pere Pruna, Barcelona, Spain
  16. Ripples, detail, 2013
    Cut out paper and pins on wall
    Centre Pere Pruna, Barcelona, Spain
  17. Ripples, detail, 2013
    Cut out paper and pins on wall
    Centre Pere Pruna, Barcelona, Spain
  18. Installation of Ripples, 2013
    Cut out paper and pins on wall
    Centre Pere Pruna, Barcelona, Spain
STATEMENT

I am very interested in our relationship with nature and the multiple ways in which we try to control basic natural processes. I like to imagine nature's reactions and the possible outcomes of an inadequate human interaction with these processes.

My series depict landscapes inhabited by imaginary beings, explore notions of scientific experimentation or show piles of waste resulting from these actions. I like to imagine what happens when an experiment goes wrong. What would we do with a batch of lab-made humanoid organs that don't function properly or with strange alien mutations we weren't counting on?

At the same time, I have always been fascinated by the allure of advertising: by the slick, colorful and bubble gum reality it sells us and, at the same time, by the controlling power these images hold. I am very interested in how the media slowly shapes the natural landscape around us, slowly taking over public and private ground.
In my public art projects, I create holes or open spaces in the new landscape taken over by the media. I am trying, in a way, to give this conquered space back to nature.

I work in different media: drawing, painting or installation but cutting and repetition are constant processes in my series. Cutting is an activity I easily associate with childhood and playfulness, references that can be found in my work. On the other hand, repetition always rewarded me with a particular state of meditation, together with a sense of control over the process.


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Marisa Torres
Galleri 5, Denmark
Saatchi Online
Artists Space, New York
Neoimages
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