Alice Quaresma, ‘Mental Object 3’, 2017, Tappan

The series, Mental Object, takes inspiration from one of the artist's favorite books, On Photography by Susan Sontag. The book refers to photographs as “mental objects”, leading to the discussion of portraying truth and reality with the camera. Quaresma takes Sontag's critique as permission to abandon the assertion of objectivity and dive into the realm of imagination.

About Alice Quaresma

Alice Quaresma’s practice combines photography and painting to explore a sense of place, cultural experience, and the malleability of memory. In the recent series “Roots,” Quaresma photographed areas of personal significance in Rio de Janeiro, and then painted geometric shapes and freeform lines overtop the images. According to Quaresma, making the series “was a process of rescuing my identity.” “In the studio space I worked over the images with geometrical lines and casual acrylic brush marks, creating a duality between documentary and imaginary.” Throughout Quaresma’s body of work, negotiations between the intimate and universal, personal and political, and physical and psychological are present and emphasized by her drawn interventions.

Brazilian, b. 1985, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States

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