The human figure is the core of Rita Martorell’s work. She has always had been drawn to humans and their behaviour, and this fascination is reflected on her work, which has an air of some of the creative tendencies of Central Europe, in particular from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s.
In Rita Martorell’s bodies there is a certain, almost dialectical relation between the formal and emotional representations. The bodies never belong to anonymous or unknown individuals, but they openly show their identity signs until these become unmistakable elements of their personality. They present features as intimate as scars or tattoos that evidence the passing of time, sometimes painful or sad. As a second, very thin, skin, tattoos protect individuals, surrounding and giving them a feeling of security. As an idea, they tell a particular and intimate story, and become definite identification elements. Depending on the symbolical meaning given to them, they can become objects of desire. As drawings painted with flat ink, they show an impeccable execution ability.
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