About the Artist
Marcella Colavecchio is an Austin based artist known for her vibrant enthusiasm for color, which is manifested in her figurative work. Marcella inserts herself in art historical iconographies that have fascinated her since childhood, and which, due to her biological sex, hold conflicting connotations of ostracism and admiration. By recreating these in her own image, she removes the barriers to her inclusion. In doing so, she is able to explore gender roles, and how it has been shared by patriarchal, societal and cultural ideals of femininity.Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Marcella studied at Lyme Academy of Fine Art and has worked in technology, writing, and consulting before moving to Austin in 2018 to pursue her own art practice. Marcella’s interest in art began in childhood, inspired by her artist father, whose artistic ability was not encouraged in post-WWII Italy. Consequently, her perception of art is defined by the belief that it must transform and challenge both herself and society.
Marcella Colavecchio is an Austin based emerging artist whose towering figurative paintings explore timely concepts of gender and identity. Using color as a catalyst for storytelling, Marcella uses her palettes to set the tone of her “mise en scene” before any of her actors have even uttered a word. Her aesthetic favors unnatural and exaggerated light sources, leaning into artificiality to create synthetic worlds, using lighting as a means of expression. While her paintings are momentous in movement and saturated with color, they are still silent, and create a voluble visual narrative on the relationship between people, their bodies, and freedoms. These figures represent her desire to tackle issues around the push and pull of being a woman and the depiction of women in our society and popular culture. The female nude is traditionally painted under the male gaze, by painting herself in the nude, she challenges traditional dynamics by becoming both the artist and model, reclaiming power as the author and subject of her work.