Artist Spotlight: Massiel Mafes, California College of the Arts

The Bay Area MFA Show is open through June 15! This exhibition showcases work from the five principal MFA programs in the Bay Area. On the blog, we’re highlighting the participating artists. Massiel Mafes, a recent graduate from CCA, is our fourth featured artist.

A Crepe, a Gavel, and a Palm Tree (or a Hat)
A Crepe, a Gavel, and a Palm Tree (or a Hat) (2017) oil, acrylic, digitally printed fabric, canvas

“Through a combination of sewn and painted gesture, I explore the notion of ambiguity by capturing the visual moment of movement and manipulation. The cut forms of fabric sewn into the surface of my paintings are legible and abstract at the same time, allowing room for interpretation.

I Thought About that one Time I Scratched my Boot and Left a Mark
I Thought About that one Time I Scratched my Boot and Left a Mark (2017) oil, acrylic, digitally printed fabric, canvas

I integrate cutting, sewing, and painting, often repeating these processes multiple times as I explore ways in which the various shapes applied to the canvas can be perceived. With this approach, I both take control over the material and delve into the element of chance. Thick layers of paint and sewing thread are physically embedded within the surface of these pieces, and I reverse them multiple times as I work before attaching them to the larger composition.”

A Potato Flying Over a Sailboat
A Potato Flying Over a Sailboat (2017) oil, acrylic, digitally printed fabric, canvas

Website: www.massielmafes.com

IG: @massielmafes

The Bay Area MFA Show is open through June 15, 2018

Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday | 10am – 4pm

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