Working with a labor- and research-intensive process merging sculpture with painting, Marela Zacarias molds window screen and plaster to create undulating forms with the quality of fabric: bodies filled with movement and expressive quality. The sculptures’ surfaces are populated by socially-committed geometric abstractions––shapes and patterns born from the artist’s study of the history and specificity of the site of work.
Zacarias has held solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Sapar Contemporary, Praxis Gallery, the National Arts Club, and Art at Viacom in New York; and at Wasserman Projects, Detroit, the Brattleboro Museum, Vermont; and at Galería Alterna in Mexico City. She has taken part in group exhibitions at Smack Mellon, NY, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the British Society of American Art, Praxis Gallery, Y Gallery, No Longer Empty and El Museo del Barrio.
She has received large-scale, permanent, site-specific commissions from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Facebook HQ, the William Vale in Brooklyn, and the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Her murals can be found in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Mexico, and Guatemala. She has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center; the University of Connecticut, Storrs; and the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., among others. She was profiled in Art21’s “New York Close Up” series in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
Zacarias received her BA from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and her MFA from Hunter College, New York. She is represented by Sapar Contemporary in New York and Galería Alterna in Mexico City. She currently lives between Brooklyn, Seattle, and Mexico City.