A mother of six, Spanish artist Mersuka Dopazo makes monumental fabric collage paintings in vibrant colors. She began working in textiles after a trip to Benares, India, where she was inspired by women washing their saris in the river and laying them out to dry. She returns regularly to India to teach schoolchildren art, and has incorporated 1950s-era drawings from local kids into her works, like little Easter eggs hidden within the larger tableaux. She now lives and works in Bali, Indonesia.
Often densely patterned, the papers and fabrics are juxtaposed with gestural line, pigment and areas of gessoed white canvas; the collages exploring the balance of colour and the relationship between positive and negative space. Unexpected connections form between clashing textures and motifs and between the regularity of pattern and the spontaneity of broken graphite and improvised colour. Dopazo’s works have been exhibited extensively in the UK, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and Europe.