Rafaela de Ascanio
De Ascanio’s paintings and sculptures work in tandem, compiling layers of iconography and exchanging symbols to explore the female experience through differing processes. Her paintings have a tropical colour palette, attributed to her early years spent in the volcanic Canary Islands. She hand builds clay into anatomical forms that are glazed with flowing circular narratives and fired to create enduring stone bodies. De Ascanio portrays the female in defiant guises, empowering both her and the viewer. Images emerge from autobiographical events, fantastical symbols from sci-fi film and literature, esoteric pagan practices, and ‘fire and brimstone’ altarpieces. Disrupting the patriarchal narratives propagated throughout art history, she revisualises the female as the protagonist and leader, with sexual ownership, and psychological resilience.
'Universal Yearnings' Rafaela de Ascanio21 May - 13 Jun 2021Liliya Art Gallery is pleased to present Universal Yearnings, a brand-new body of work by Rafaela de Ascanio. Working predominantly as a painter and ceramicisit, Universal Yearnings is an intimate and powerful exhibition focusing on explorations of feminsim, the solar system and mythology. Starting with a strong academic background having...