Berta Cáccamo

Galeria Alfonso Alcolea

Berta Cáccamo exhibited nine canvases, each entitled SERNAM, after the industrial district outside Paris where they were realized. Designated with the Roman numerals I to IX, these paintings all suggest cold rainy days, morning snows, and the desolation of the outskirts. Their undifferentiated grounds are fixed in a prefigurative intermediary stage. Overcome by indeterminacy, the figures do not achieve a condition of “being”; they remain shadows of things on the verge of becoming, stains of a dream—indecipherable visions that attract with their silence and that one fears destroying with words.

There is a melancholy here of worlds not yet formed. Subtle phosphorescences and iridescences insinuate themselves like transparent evocations of aquatic life. Cáccamo treats the canvas as if it were as porous as blotting paper, and the unusual visual effects she achieves suggest watercolor on canvas.

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