June 2020 Guest List: Marisol

June 2020 Guest List: Marisol

By Tarleton Walmsley

Guest List: A person living or dead, real or imagined, that we'd have over for a dinner party.
María Sol Escobar, better known simply as Marisol, was a Venezuelan-American artist known for creating sculptural assemblages that merged Pop Art with Folk Art. Influenced by pre-Columbian art and the work of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, Marisol began creating carved wooden sculptures made of wood, fabric, and random found objects. Sadly, her work is largely forgotten despite its incredible relevance to Pop Art history.
What I love most about Marisol's work is its combination of blocky shapes with bright colors, giving an almost satirical undertone to the subjects she chose. I'm especially drawn to the sculpture of the British royal family (pictured above, to the right) and "The Party (left), a complex kind of portraiture in which Marisol cast her own body parts and images across 13+ figures. 
Read more about Marisol here.


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