Maria Pratts: In The Heart of Barcelona's Underground Art Scene
Maria Pratts. It kind of sounds like the perfectly memorable kind of name that any artist could do with in a moment of initial success. And that is where we can find Maria now, building her career only upwards in the last few years, in the heart of Barcelona, Spain.
Maria has been part of the ever-growing underground art scene in the Spanish city for a while now. First moving in the fascinating Gran Via apartment, shared with a few other artists, which saw her publishing her first work and shaping what her art would become today. Then later, moving in her own studio, an old factory in the suburbs of Hospitalet de Llobregat, where she currently spends her days working.
One of her latest exhibitions, Sad City, at the L&B Contemporary Art Gallery, showed the variety of mediums with which she manages to communicate an even wider range of topics. From 3-D graffiti letters to ceramic sculptures to videos animated from drawings made with crayons, Maria has shown she can work with a fluidity that not many can show off to have.
Maria's peaceful view of today's social and political issues translate so well into her fascinating works: she admits to be constantly attracted to the study of insanity, of the weird, the outsider but that she remains in a way, detached from all of it. Her interior peacefulness allows her to take those observations and communicate them without claiming a state of tortured artist or art.