Raquel Gralheiro is an ironist who works upon a certain threshold of what is tasteful in order to analyse the relation between art and decor. Her canvas, excessive and provocative, are always a means to represent the figure as an element that contrasts with various standards, as if someone was living on the wallpaper, on the sofa’s pattern, on the poster.
The concept of excess, through infinite details and chromatic profusion is vital for the interpreting of the critical charge, which characterizes this artist. The figure is not merely placed against a background; it is in a competition, also as an excessive figure itself, a derivation or an emanation of its surroundings, as if it was a result of the decorative euphoria. Ultimately, it works out as a clear criticism to the objectification of the individual, the objectification of women, directly implying them with the question of superficial pose and ornament. The woman is way beyond what is expectable; it is under layers and layers of acculturation, which massacre her and create a complex meaning regarding what she can still reveal as natural.
Valter Hugo Mãe (Confessions to the Walls)
Raquel Gralheiro - Pet-à-Porter
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