12nov(nov 12)11:00 am27(nov 27)6:00 pmMARLA BENDINI - ‘FROM THESE RUINS, WE RISE AND FALL’SINGAPORE
'From These Ruins, We Rise and Fall' features a new collection of mixed media artworks inviting the viewers to the gathering of spirits to find one another.

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Marla Bendini – ‘From These Ruins, We Rise and Fall’

Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

12 – 27 November 2022

Cuturi Gallery is delighted to present From These Ruins, We Rise and Fall, a solo exhibition by local artist, Marla Bendini (b. 1986, Singapore). This show features a new collection of mixed media artworks, inviting the viewers to the gathering of spirits to find one another, to create and rediscover meaning, to project resolution and embrace support. Imagining herself and her companions as archetypes, through the act of modelling, painting, and storytelling – merging fantasy and reality while journaling her struggles.

“Art is my fantasy and reality. It is my way of expression but to also blow off steam and quieten down.”

As with all her works, Bendini uses the female gaze through a combination of painting, writing, drawing, and installations to create layered documentation of a unique woman’s experience. Revealing layers of exuberant transformation that define new spaces of power within the feminine soul, Bendini’s painterliness evokes tenderness that softens the intensity of the intimate struggle. With bodies painted in warm tones, a delicate glow emits from her paintings.

In this series of paintings, Bendini often includes figures that are near and dear to her heart. As seen in the painting, Darkest Before Dawn (2022), portrays the inseparable bond between Bendini and her close friend and fellow figure model, Nina. This painting is a depiction of holding space as they embrace each other while they weather through the dark nights together.

Referencing the impressionistic notion of Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows (1890), Bendini’s state of mind is depicted in What Is Painting but the Act of Embracing by Means of Art the Surface of the Pool (2022) as she portrays sinking into a slough of despond. The crows symbolize death and rebirth, the protagonist though on verge of drowning in the marshes, reaches their hand out for help. Her self-portraits speak of self-invention, personal salvation and the human connection with a message: “It’s ok if you need some Help too.”


Event information and image from Cuturi Gallery, November 2022



12 (Saturday) 11:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 6:00 pm