São Paulo - São Paulo, 1979
Mariana Palma exploits quirkiness in her paintings: countryside landscapes are surrounded by a profusion of decorative elements such as human skin paintings, foliage tiles, drains with anemones, theater curtains with flowers, patterned, draped and frayed fabrics. Her work brings together both the exegesis and sensuality of Brazilian Baroque and heritage of the French school in Brazilian colonial and imperial art.
In her series of drawings and watercolors, each work illustrates a plant against a neutral white background, as in botanical drawings used since the seventeenth century, produced with extreme scientific precision. But Mariana's botanical species are impossible and unlikely. Some are hybrids where one flower is the root of another, while others sit upon unusual objects or produce deformed fruit.
Mariana Palma has exhibited at the Caixa Cultural of Rio de Janeiro; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in the USA, the Palácio de Exposiciones y Congresos, in Spain; the Mario Sequeira Gallery in Portugal; and at the Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo.