Marisa Boullosa’s Magic Garden

By Margaret Failoni

Looking at Marisa Boullosa’s new work created for this exhibition makes me think of magic gardens, the orient, a holiday in Goa many, many years ago, sailing in the Indian Ocean, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and so many wonderful associations with my travels to the east. The joy of these colors and the skill of these unique drawings, paintings and linoleum cuts on stenciled Indian rice paper are a joy to behold. Fishes, flowers, cacti and seashells dance to the colorful tune of butterflies, elephants and a riot of colorful blossoms.

New exhibit by Marisa Boullosa
Fri, Jun, 7, 5-7pm
Fábrica La Aurora’s art walk
Santiago Corral Gallery
Fábrica La Aurora

The color palette is exotic; the reds are the color of paprika, the yellows and ochers are the colors of saffron and cumin. The blacks are blacker than black, like the black of squid ink, deep and velvety. The work has been placed in simple frames so as not to distract from the imagery.

It is no wonder Boullosa has been awarded so many prestigious international awards. Whether dealing with the violence against women issues — sculpture and installations — or the migration of Mexican workers and families crossing the Rio Grande – a touching diary of human suffering — or, on a lighter note, the magnificent tropical flora and fauna of the Mexican coast, the work is always of the quality of a master. It is no surprise that once again, we are presented with an exhibition worthy of a museum.


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