Mariana Monteagudo's ceramic and mixed media dolls get better and better. These expressive sculptures are a mix of cultural influences that range from pre-Columbian aesthetics to Japanese manga, and occupy a special niche on the art scene. The Venezuelan artist uses a variety of materials to complete her ceramic figures: hair, fabrics, necklaces. The dolls have an air of innocent wisdom about them, often due to their all-knowing, unblinking eyes. Some appear worldly; others more naïve. How eerily exciting it would be to find oneself surrounded by Monteagudo's range of silent personalities.
Artist: Mariana Monteagudo