Body continent Series N°1 and N°2​

Body Continent, Serie N°1, Maria Rapela, ©VG Bild Kunst

In the last few weeks, I have been working on the Body Continent series. The starting point was the painting I had done in 2018 and wanted to develop further. In that search several works, shapes and styles came out. Then in that process of working and doing, things appear. Someone said that inspiration will catch you working, and that’s how it is, in the process of working new things have been coming out.
One day I stopped to see the result of what I had been working on and I realized that what I was doing was no longer satisfying me and that I had to achieve something more synthetic, cleaner, perhaps something more minimalist and at the same time expressive. So trying new things I came up with a small series of 6 small paintings in 40x40cm format that I think go together and should be together. They can be separately, but they were born to be together.
I have called this series Body Continent N°2. And it is likely that other series will emerge in this direction, or simply variations.
Now there are two series of Body Continent, the first one is the one with which the search begins and then as it evolves.

Body Continent, Serie N°2, Maria Rapela, ©VG Bild Kunst

Serie Body Continent N°1 and N°2


En las últimas semanas, he estado trabajando en la serie Body Continent. El punto de partida era el cuadro que había realizado en el 2018 y que quería seguir desarrollando. En esa búsqueda salieron varios trabajos, formas y estilos. Luego en esa práctica y estar trabajando van apareciendo cosas. Dicen que la inspiración te agarra trabajando, y así es, en el proceso mismo de estar trabajando han ido saliendo nuevas cosas.


Un día me paré a ver el resultado de lo que venía trabajando y me di cuenta, de que lo que estaba haciendo, ya no me satisfacía y que tenía que lograr hacer algo más sintético, más limpio, quizás algo más minimalista y a la vez expresivo. Así que probando cosas nuevas salió una pequeña serie de 6 cuadros pequeños en formato 40x40cm que van juntos. Pueden estar por separado, pero nacieron para estar juntos.
Esta serie la he llamado Body Continent N°2. Y es probable que surjan otras series más en esta dirección, o simplemente variaciones.
Ahora hay dos series de Body Continent, la 1era que es con la que da inicio la búsqueda y luego como va evolucionando.

Body Continent Serie

Body Continent I (2018) Maria Rapela ©VG Bild

In 2018 I was exploring materials and colors, and a painting emerged that I later called body-continent. I did not develop the serie, but since then that painting raises questions and asks me to develop something in that direction.

When first the image emerges and then the concept.

 

First the image came up and then the title and the idea. When I saw that there was a kind of body, a block, a form, abstract but concrete and closed, like a cell, an island, a continent in the drift. The image made me think that it was a corporeal block that drifts, that exists, that has a history, wounds, marks that are there and that are part of life, just as territories have their own marks, whether they are natural, geological or induced by the environment or by the effect of human beings who modify and modify and have a direct impact on the territory

Body and territory, wounds, history and drift.

Since then, I reflect on all these aspects both conceptually and visually. The idea is to develop a new series along these lines and see what emerges along the way.

 

Detail Body Continent I, Maria Rapela ©VG Bild
Body Continent IV, Maria Rapela 2022 ©VG Bild
Body Continent II, Maria Rapela 2022 ©VG Bild
Body Continent III, Maria Rapela 2022 ©VG Bild

Cuerpo, territorio, heridas, historia y deriva.

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En el 2018 estuve explorando materiales y colores, y surgió un cuadro que luego llamé cuerpo-continente. No desarrollé la serie, pero desde entonces ese cuadro me interpela y me pide que desarrolle algo en esa dirección. Cuando primero surge la imagen y luego el concepto. Primero surgió la imagen y luego el título y la idea. Cuando vi que ahí había una especie de cuerpo, de bloque, de forma, abstracta pero concreta y cerrada, como una célula, sentí que era una isla, un continente a la deriva. La imagen me hizo pensar que era un bloque corpóreo, que deriva, que existe, que tiene historia, heridas, marcas que están ahí y que forman parte de la vida, así como los territorios tienen sus propias marcas, sean estas naturales, geológicas o inducidas por el medio ambiente o por efecto de los seres humanos que modifican e intervienen directamente en el territorio. Cuerpo y territorio, marcas, historia y deriva. Desde entonces, reflexiono en todos estos aspectos tanto conceptuales como visuales. La idea es desarrollar una nueva serie siguiendo esta línea y ver que surge en el camino.

Pop-up Exhibition at The Ballery – Berlin

Photo/Design: Maria Rapela

“The Ballery invites you to an artist reception and the preview of our second pop-up art exhibition of the summer. This exhibition will feature the works of Berlin based artists. There is no theme to the exhibition.

Artist have been asked to present works that best introduce their artistic vision and practice. Every summer in a series of short pop-up style exhibitions, The Ballery invites new artists to share their works with new audiences.“

Opening hours:

Vernissage/Opening: 20th August 18hr – 21hr

Saturday 21st August 13hr – 19hr

Saturday 28th August 13hr – 19hr

or make an appointment for all other times.

All artworks will be featured in the Ballery online store. Visit the store and the artwork at this link: https://theballery.com/shop/

Particpating artists:

Amrita Dhillon
Andrea D’Angelo
Anja W
Callum Leo Hughes
Camille Schaeffer
Camille Theodet
Candy Bassas
Cecilia Lo
Clara Saak
D.Jozef Chroscinski
Elisabeth Mochner
Emeline Mottais
Emmanuelle Wilhem
Ernst van Hoek
Florian Tenk
Gawie Joubert
Gerrit Astor
Javier Benito
Lucas NGO
Hannah Lansburgh
Magdalena Piech
Maria Rapela
Marta Straskas
Max Stedfield
Rolf Czulius
Sabrina Bartolozzi
Tan Kadam
WiNTERFiELDT
Zeno Spyropoulos
Zinghoi, Wong