the tight brown coils
flowing in the wind
the melanin skin glowing
the tight coils flowing
their auras coming together
feeding off one another’s energy
the power between each other
the butterflies floating elegantly
the flowers singing gracefully
here they are soul sisters
By Fred Wall III
Born in Argentina, Magdalena Marcenaro has lived in New York City for more than a decade. Working with photography and mixed media, Marcenaro forms deeply textured, often ferocious, narratives joining nostalgic images with sudden, emotional moments. Her aim is to inspire dialogue about personal experience and prompt a thoughtful pause in the roller coaster of life. Her work, often deeply textured, exposes vulnerability joined with sudden ferocity, and nostalgia linked to sudden joy.
Macenaro toys with both popular and religious iconography through photography, silkscreen, oil pastels, collage, and spray paint, with an eye to giving each piece an organic, poetic end form. Topics included beauty, consumerism, and romance, all connected by a desire to provoke conversation between different cultures and question the false ideas espoused in an overloaded mass media market.
There is power in the both juxtaposition of media and juxtaposition of individual pieces in Marcenaro’s oeuvre. Marcenaro has shown in Buenos Aires, New York and Miami, including her solo exhibition at Gowanus Print Lab, group shows at the Scope Foundation, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and The Urban Folk Art Gallery. Some of her commissioned murals clients include The Nu Hotel , The Vault – Miami and Gowanus Print Lab.
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