Alumna Raphaela Melsohn '21 in Show 'Bolhas Siderais'
BY Catherine Fisher, September 22, 2021
This exhibit grapples with how time, sociality, and the art world have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bolhas Siderais is the inaugural exhibition in this new gallery which “brings together works by long-time partner artists, with whom Marli has worked throughout her career, such as Anna Maria Maiolino, Cildo Meireles, Ana Linnemann, Daniel Feingold and Magdalena Jitrik, added to works by young artists such as Raphaela Melsohn, Gaya Rachel, Elvis Almeida, Adriana Aranha, among others.” This space is intended to exist as a hybrid of home and gallery. Throughout the exhibit, the works “address notions of the inner world and the domestic sphere, of creative dynamics that dialogue with the vital cycles of the body, nature, [and] the planet.”
Mehlson’s own work incorporates videography, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking. She “explores themes such as how to inhabit and coexist within environments made by a complexity of materials, bulges and holes, erotism, architecture and bodies.”
Despite the artist’s wide range of mediums, she comes from a printmaking background. In an interview from the series "Uncovering the Heritage Silhouette," she recounted: “I am a bit of an unusual printmaker as I do a lot of other things outside of printmaking. The craft itself is important to me because it makes me think of process and repetition, and how it changes one thing to another even though it is the same matrix.”
The artist has exhibited at Columbia’s own LeRoy Neiman Center; EFA Project Space, New York; and Galeria Almeida e Dale, São Paulo, Brazil; among others.