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Marcia de Moraes, O Alagamento (The Flood), 2012, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 70 7/8 x 86 5/8".

Marcia de Moraes

Galeria Leme

Marcia de Moraes, O Alagamento (The Flood), 2012, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 70 7/8 x 86 5/8".

With an intensity bordering on obsession, the young Brazilian artist Marcia de Moraes questions the nature of coexistence in the six large-scale abstract drawings in colored pencil and graphite—five diptychs and one polyptych—that made up her exhibition “Corpo Duplo” (Double Body). Far from spontaneous, de Moraes’s drawings take as long as a month to finish. As significant as their pictorial form and color palette are the psychological qualities the artist attributes to them, as indicated by their titles. They evoke ambiguous mental spaces where opposing and attracting forces contend.

The two parts of O Obsessivo (The Obsessive) (all works 2012) present a central mass of colors made up of smaller forms predominantly in tones of red and brown, spiked and constricted by greens and whites. These color areas are at times solid and at others textured. A solid green in all

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