Global Citizen Artist – MOD Marcela Olivia Dorantes Designer and Visual Artist
Represented by Watergate Gallery, Washington, DC
Nishima Tova Gallery, London 08/2017
Xanadu, Scottsdale, AZ
Casa de Arte, Buffalo, NY
Also on Saatchi Gallery online
Watergate Gallery, Washington, DC
Flux Exhibition London, UK
GAA Exhibition Barcelona, Spain
Watergate Gallery Solo Show, Washington, DC
Marcela Olivia Dorantes examines the interactions of wildlife, domestic animals and humans to express the experience of expansiveness, intimacy, domesticity and remoteness through her keen sense of space, shape, color and form. Birds, bears, dogs, and felines represent unfettered spiritual creatures symbolizing the transcendence of prosaic life. Using the versitility of color in her art is her exclamation of gratitude to the world and synergy of life.
A flourishing magical realism permeates Dorantes’s work, in the red orb of a sun hung low and pendulous in the sky, in the rose-tinted landscape, or the glow of the moonlight and the closeness of living creatures. There is little distinction between the inner and outer, the natural and man-made (flora and fauna wander freely across still lifes and through interior scenes) –
Dorantes’s world is a tropical Eden where the human, the organic and the spiritual coexist without discord. Tara R. (Foundry Gallery)
Marcela Olivia Dorantes paintings skillfully transmute the animal world into the symbolic world, reminding us of our bonds with the larger world and with all the other creatures in it.
M.G., Washington, DC
Her paintings are whimsical, playful and the intensity of her painting is enchanting.
Sally Abridge, Oxford, MD
MOD’s deep connection with nature and animals is evident in her rendering of dog portraits.
Eva Pascoe, Hampstead, London UK
My still life conjure two stories fragility and the poetic beauty of even the smallest creatures in the planet. The frog and the shell juxtaposed encapsulating the ephemeral and synchronicity with the instantenous time we are experiencing across the world with the internet represented by a simple line behind. We are subjected at every moment to the scrutiny of interconnectedness. In a very poignant and child like manner while subjecting my work to classical standards. I am urging you to see beyond the perfections of the work to look anew to the flaws, to be human…..and one with nature while being a steward of the environment.
Most people don’t know, but up to a third of the carbon emissions are being absorbed by the oceans and other bodies of water. This makes the water more acidic, and impedes the process of calcification – where marine organisms need to form a shell or skeleton in order to survive. You might not be having any more seashells in your soup in the future. Green Peace International
“The anthropologist Richard Leakey has warned that “Homo sapiens might not only be the agent of the sixth extinction, but also risks being one of its victims.” A sign in the Hall of Biodiversity offers a quote from the Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich: IN PUSHING OTHER SPECIES TO EXTINCTION, HUMANITY IS BUSY SAWING OFF THE LIMB ON WHICH IT PERCHES.”
― Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Attended The American University, George Washington University, University of the Arts London, etc….