Alicia Mozqueira in Artist Profile

In some senses, Alicia Mozqueira’s latest body of work speaks the language of still life: its visual vocabulary is full of darkness as a quality and as an object in itself, of flashes of intense, redolent colour, and of folds on folds of petals, living and/or dying forever in the painting. These units of painterly language don’t, however, add up to “conventional” whole works. There is something more celebratory and more subtle at play in these pieces, explained most neatly perhaps by the fact of Mozqueira’s working from photographs

These paintings have a sense of the hyperreal – of a being simulation that has become closer to the heartbeat of our reality than the “original” or natural object that it mimics. The alienating clarity of a high-resolution digital photograph, the uncanny tingling encounter with good AI or VR, or the emotional overload of seeing tropical fish well-lit in an aquarium could all be considered instances of this effect. Sometimes, the more lifelike something becomes, the more unknown to us it feel

– Read the full article by Erin McFadyen here: https://artistprofile.com.au/alicia-mozqueira/

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