Wear and Tear by Marina Cruz continues the exploration on textile and materials, including latest realistic paintings and laminated photographs. Compositions depicting clothing's characteristics display imperfections, sensualities, details and vulnerabilities.
The solo presentation, Wear and Tear, will continue the exploration on textile and unique feature of object itself. Paintings zoomed on material depict clothing's characteristics; imperfections, sensualities, details and vulnerabilities will be displayed. Cruz portrays the contours and patterns of individual garments, exploring the tactile and visual qualities of fabric as a form of abstraction, which she calls it figurative abstraction. Here she situates the exhibition not merely on the grounds of the actual works, rather, to the meditative process that she went through in creating them. This process she speaks of is something that she hopes audiences would somehow experience by looking at her works. This dynamics challenges how one would superficially engage with a painting. In additional to works on canvas, a brand new series of laminated photographs will be deployed to enhance the intensity of presentation, as an effort of condensing Cruz's practice to the essential. Displaying laminated photographs on woodcraft decks as if memorial documents for viewing corresponds to strong narrative feature in the body of work. Meanwhile, the viewer's action of opening door to enter the room resembles of opening the closet at Cruz's maternal grandmother’s house where she began the journey and grew fascination with objects embedded with personal attachment and memory. Relief sculptures on another hand explore deeper of textures and imprints of wear and tear.
Marina Cruz not just deconstructs the dresses’ attributes, qualities and characteristics by using creative choice of art production such as painting, print and sculpture, but also makes us reflect on the inevitable “wear and tear” of the dresses and their wearers.