Body’s Music

Body and Space, cubism transformed into psychological expression

If cubism once transformed the psychological impact of symbolism, concentrating on the principles of perception, Dalva Duarte is transforming cubism into the possibility of expressing inner landscapes, mental states and existential orientation. As in music, where the instrument is bringing out “immaterial“ sounds, there is a relation between the body and the space it is placed in to create a certain atmosphere: abstraction becomes a kind of Ariadne’s thread to get close to something which can not be shown directly.


Fascination, oil on canvas, 121 x 183 cm

Frames and separated or layered surfaces, like fences, create spaces “in between“ – as if one could find a life exactly there. The hard cut into sensuality (cut off) by reclaiming it at the same time in the way of precisely painting it, the use of dreamlike elements, the capturing of time passing in cubistic layerings only seem to be some sort of magic realism or surrealism: but it is rather the imaginative simultaneousness of absence and presence (past and presence, pleasure and pain), held in a poise, or the abeyance / suspense of inner and outer reality. Cuts, collage and layers as separations can be understood as a form of “cruel“ reality, giving the surfaces a “pseudo“-depth meaning a prismatic reflection of surfaces instead of an intended “real“ dimension. Human existence is happening in-between many kinds of projections. In The Portrait of the Artist, Dalva Duarte focusses on another in-between as a layering of time: behind the old woman with a wrinkled faces, evidently an artist with a brush in her hand, appears the artist as a young woman: in our bodies, the memory of all our ages and all our states of mind are kept.