Mersuka Dopazo, Orange Tea, 2019, mixed media (detail). All images courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Gallery.
The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London, is showing an exhibition of the work of multi-media artist Mersuka Dopazo until 26th November, titled Part of Me. Spanish-born, but now living and working in Bali, Mersuka creates large scale works that combine elements of painting, drawing, collage, and appliqué.
Mersuka began her career in the nineties inspired by country-living and her extensive travels around the world. Her paintings incorporate both scraps of text and scraps of textile, collected during travels in India, China and Europe.
Mersuka Dopazo, Olga, 2019, paper, fabric and pigment on canvas.
Often densely patterned, the papers and fabrics are juxtaposed with gestural line, pigment and areas of white canvas; the collages exploring the balance of colour and the relationship between positive and negative space. Unexpected connections form between clashing textures and motifs and between the regularity of pattern and the spontaneity of broken graphite and improvised colour.
Mersuka's works have been exhibited extensively in the UK, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and Europe. She has previously collaborated with artist, fashion designer and close friend, Teresa Calderon, seeing their joint work as a “travelogue from the unexpected territory.” Together, they create large-scale naïve-style collages using fabrics designed by Teresa or sourced from craftspeople who hand-made them from all over the world.
Mersuka Dopazo, Happy Afternoon, 2019, mixed mediums.
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the opening of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. Over the course of three decades the gallery has built a reputation for innovation and individuality, championing Non-Western artistic traditions. Rebecca's was the first art gallery in Europe to exhibit Australian aboriginal painting, and she continues to promote such work through the gallery's regular Songlines seasons.
Visit www.rebeccahossack.com for more information.