Marianna Peragallo is a Brazilian-American artist based in New York, NY. Her recent work includes installations with drawings, sculptures, and animations that create opportunities for emotional connection. The works deliberate love in a playful manner, offering a disarming and empathetic space that highlights the painful, absurd, and joyous moments on the journey towards finding love. She started thinking about love in reaction to a culture of normalized abuse of power and hatred, realizing that many people long for love but don’t actually know what it means to be loving. She approaches love as an action and tend to take a supportive role. Consequently, most of the works are parts of the body that are busy doing: balancing, overflowing, looking, holding, diving, reaching, hoping, hiding. The figures are self-portraits and surrogates for modes of interaction that can feel endearing, but verge on the grotesque with their exaggerated gestures. Community and friendships have been so important in correcting her misgivings about love, so she aims to create that opportunity for others.
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, PA, MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and teaches at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York.