To glance at a María Berrío work is to immerse oneself in a multi-textural wonderland, a vivid colorscape where women reign eternal—with cacti around their necks, no less. Berrío’s work, which consists of dreamlike collages of Japanese paper and watercolor, retain a unique concoction of hyper-specific textures that elevate the natural world to its hallucinatory imagination. Rose-flushed cheeks and blue clouds enliven the faces of women who gaze—confidently, longingly, hopefully—in the foreground, sometimes cradling a butterfly, sometimes splayed across a bed amidst the mountains.
Image: María Berrío, A Universe of One, 2018
72 x 60 inches
© the artist