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21/01/2023 - 11/02/2023

Contemporary - Painting


Mirela Cabral - Between Handrails

Mon-Fri: 10-5pm

The exhibition is the culmination of a three-month residency period in which the artist produced a prolific collection of layered abstractions with sparing but powerful figurative elements.

Mirela creates fast, expressive oil paintings that evoke the lavish floral qualities of Lucia Laguna and the sensual viscous aesthetic of Cecily Brown. As a departure point, the artist uses the canvas to write and scribble with graphite or charcoal.

Mirela Cabral’s works come out of the canvas, revealing a sense of continual flux that is amplified by the absence of stretcher bars. They are suspended, reaching out to the wall, the floor and each other.

The artist believes that this figurative architecture of handrails has emerged from “a place where I didn’t feel supported, or received support from people I didn’t expect”. Her practice is the materialization of an ambition to turn painting into her own private handrail whilst offering those around her something to hold on to.


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Hackney Unit 5, The Textile Building, 31a Chatham Pl, E9 6FJ