Marcella Colavecchio

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I am a contemporary figurative artist working in acrylic and classical drawing medium. My work focuses on timely concepts of gender and identity, creating a space for dismantling large-scale societal and cultural systems of oppression. While my paintings are momentous in movement and bold with color, they are still silent, and create a voluble visual narrative on the relationship between people, their bodies, and their freedoms. Each piece explores cycles of patriarchal influence that have been passed down through generations and the tension between keeping to what is known and forging a newer, and perhaps stronger, path.

I attempt a presentation of the figure that does not separate the sensual and beautiful from the bold and meaningful. Through the use of humor, movement, and vibrant color, each figure in my work is given the breath and space to define its power on the canvas, re-defining the “traditional” roles of men and women to elevate my subjects as vessels of power. Power is a great tool – it can move people, challenge attitudes, and inspire action and devotion. By juxtaposing figuration with a bold narrative context, I suggest the necessity of societal transformation.

Tighten Your Corset, Part 1
Tighten Your Corset, Part 2

Marcella Colavecchio is an Austin based artist known for her vibrant enthusiasm for color, which is manifested in her figurative work. Marcella inserts herself in art historical iconographies that have fascinated her since childhood, and which, due to her biological sex, hold conflicting connotations of ostracism and admiration. By recreating these in her own image, she removes the barriers to her inclusion. In doing so, she is able to explore gender roles, and how it has been shared by patriarchal, societal and cultural ideals of femininity.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Marcella studied at Lyme Academy of Fine Art and has worked in technology, writing, and consulting before moving to Austin in 2018 to pursue her own art practice. Marcella’s interest in art began in childhood, inspired by her artist father, whose artistic ability was not encouraged in post-WWII Italy. Consequently, her perception of art is defined by the belief that it must transform and challenge both herself and society.

In 2018, Marcella took a year-long residency in Bee Cave, Texas. The work created during this residency has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Austin, along with her first solo exhibition in 2019. In August of 2020, Marcella's work was selected to be part of the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery’s 24th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition in New Orleans, LA. Her work has also been featured in online and print publications, most recently, Issue 18 of Almost Real Things Magazine entitled “Surreal // So Real” in August of 2020.

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