Marianna Peragallo (1988) is a Brazilian-American artist and educator based in New York, NY. Her collages, sculptures, and animations playfully visualize longing, tension, imbalance, and tenderness in relationships. They take the form of body parts that are surrogates for ways of interacting to create situations for connection and empathy. The works can feel endearing and inviting, resembling cartoons or emojis, but verge on the grotesque with their exaggerated gestures.
Earlier works explored the duality of drawing as a permanent and ephemeral medium, creating a parallel between drawing and the function of memory. Drawings on paper are treated delicately to avoid tearing or smudging, yet they can withstand hundreds of years with integrity. Memory can function in a similar way. It may become faded, colored, or altered but the essence remains and gets passed on through stories. The drawings aimed to simultaneously solidify a moment and emphasize the transience of time and memory.
Marianna has exhibited at Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Conartist Gallery, New York, NY, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, The School of Visual Arts, NY, and Hales Gallery, New York, NY. She has a BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia and teaches at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York.