Contacessi, in contrast, prefers the control and precision of acrylic paint and mixed media, and works almost exclusively with the theme of the ocean. She’s taken a cue from the likes of
and Patricia Larsen, creating dreamy fields of water and sky, often indistinguishable from one another. Despite the familiar subject, however, these works remain abstract—they often read as manifestations of the sea’s atmosphere rather than depictions of the water itself. In some of Contacessi’s canvases, there is hardly any blue or green at all. Blushing Breeze
(2015), for example, is a study in whites, Crosscurrent
(2015) has a hint of the metallic, and Plume
(2015) features striking violet hues. These paintings represent just a moment in time for an artist who is always experimenting. “I love to explore the contrasting nature of things,” Contacessi has said. “Right now, I’m using metallics and mixing them with more textured and matte paints…[that are] more gritty and reflective of nature.”
Guererra and Contacessi’s artworks are grounded in a shared context, related but distinct, never fixed but always changing in small, almost imperceptible ways—like two sisters.