The painting of Rita Ferreira extracts ephemeral items and old memories from her personal archive, transforming them into visual representations whose legibility is often excluded and deferred. The singularity of oil on paper juxtaposed with rejection of the traditional frame, almost always in favour of iron or brass supports, creates a play on contrasts between the gestural brushstrokes, the fragility of the paper and the weight of the metal structures.
In Mal-me-quer, Ferreira continues to explore the archive format by using the entire area of the gallery as a container of drawings which visitors will be allowed to flip through. The artist will present various largescale paintings based on sketches and works which have been at some point rejected or undeveloped, supported by iron structures that are suspended from the gallery ceiling. The works allow just enough space for viewers to browse between one drawing and the next. The installation takes over its surroundings, thus resuming the artist’s research on parasitic plants (whose starting point was in 2019 with the exhibition Parasita, in Travessa da Ermida), which have in one way or another prospered in the imagination and personal history of the artist.
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