Marela Zacarías creates painted sculptures of undulating forms with the quality of fabric, bodies filled with movement and expressive quality. Zacarías’ painterly vocabulary is the territory of unexpected encounters and intersections. Through their colorful elegant presence, her works are a generous opening to others and their history. Working with a labor- and research-intensive process, Marela Zacarías molds window screen and plaster to fabricate her works. The sculptures’ surfaces are populated by socially committed geometric abstractions––shapes and patterns born from the artist’s study of the history and specificity of the site of work.
She most recently completed a monumental site-specific permanent installation Chalchiuhtlicue, at the new International Arrivals Facility at the Seattle airport which will soon open to the public. The work is comprised by five 50 foot sculptures suspended in the air that were fabricated and painted in Seattle by Marela and her team over a period of twenty months.
Zacarías’ works span from large installations to small intimate works. Zacarías has held solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum; Sapar Contemporary, Praxis Gallery; the National Arts Club; and Art at Viacom in New York; MadArt Studio in Seattle, WA; at Wasserman Projects, Detroit; the Brattleboro Museum, Vermont; and Galería Alterna in Mexico City. She has taken part in group exhibitions at Smack Mellon; BRIC; the British Society of American Art; Praxis Gallery; Y Gallery; No Longer Empty; El Museo del Barrio in New York; the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC; Wasserman Projects in Detroit; and at CCSU Art Gallery in New Britain, CT. For her exhibition at SLOMA, we will be including small wall-based works, sculptural works, and a new body of drawings.