Tracing and Mark Making, 2022
Oil, acrylic, and sawdust on canvas
About the Artist
Mara Cosleacara (b. 1999) is a Romanian visual artist who recently graduated the Painting MA at the Royal College of Art (2023), precedeed by a Painting BA at Camberwell College of Art, UAL (2022). Throughout her studies, Mara built a practice that explores colour, line and the process of mark-making, navigating the gestural through a well-defined language of abstract signs. Receding lines and gestural brushstrokes create complex layered compositions exploring a space of impermanence, edges, traces and their intricate histories. Painting is perceived as a means of observation, analysing patterns and gestures, looking at how traces of brushstroke, areas of colour, texture and line are harmonizing together. The rhythm of the work lays in internalised patterns, movements that flow, self-cultivated gestures that translate on canvas through pressured brush marks, gestural lines and textured colours. The mark making is intuitive, spontaneous, loosely applied in matt colours that are then absorbed on the painted surface, slowly emerging out of the background or subtly disappearing. Creating a refuge, the paintings are introspective, they are time-based, analysing collisions, gestures, erasure and the marks of time on a surface, alluding to ruins and the beauty found in absence, mystery and the appreciation of traces.