Julia da Mota
Julia da Mota develops an intimate body of work that primarily comes from the artist’s relation with her most immediate surroundings. Drawing from the 20th century Western geometric abstract tradition up to the present, the work of da Mota defies the idea that non-objective art has to be necessarily cold and distant. In her case we find the exact opposite —an eminently formal body of work that primarily arises from the affective and the experiential. Focused on painting and watercolour, her work transmits closeness, a concern for spacial issues and a clear inclination for symmetry which somehow conforts us among so much chaos. Warm colours transition in a controlled flow and glazes seem to disappear before our eyes —behind that soft aesthetic, however, there are references of a tougher reality such as Brutalist architecture of Sao Paulo, city where the artist resides. Julia da Mota’s oeuvre results from a paused and reflexive way of working, something that definitely imbues in all her art.