[FATecke] #09 – Mara Mars "Wonderland"

Updated: Jun 23

FATart exhibitions from the FATart network


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Mara Mars, "Wonderland" 2017, paper collages, 50x70cm, each 1700CHF


Multi-media artist Mara Mars made the series "Wonderland" in 2017. In an intuitive process, she cut out various shapes from colored papers. This was followed by a second phase of work, lasting several months, in which she selected shapes, assembled them and glued them together to create a series of paper collages.

The playful lightness of the compositions and the many colorful shapes encourage one to see cheerful fantasy worlds. At the same time, however, the paintings are at the intersection of cozy and eerie; they balance between figuration and abstraction. When an element of a composition is figuratively definable, such as a tree, the paintings suddenly seem artificial.

The artist says the following about this phenomenon: "My landscapes were designed in the studio and exude something strange - overwhelming, the static seems to be suspended, it flies, floats and connects. The forms are bizarre, abstract and yet they remind us of nature, trees and flowers. They are just wonder landscapes."

Through a completely manual process, the artist appropriates the aesthetics of digital images in this series and plays with the effect of these visions on the viewer.


Her series will be on view at Kosmos Book Salon.

The paintings of Mara Mars are available for purchase.


Mara Mars is an artist who lives and works in Zurich. She exhibited her work at FATart Fair in 2020 as well as in 2019 and 2018. www.maramars.kleio.com



The format FATecke:

Exhibitions in the "FATecke"- in the Kosmos Book Salon, Lagerstrasse 104, 8004 Zurich Pauline Della Bianca, curatorial director, curates the FATecke in the Kosmos Book Salon with works by artists from the FATnetwork.

Previous exhibitions:

[FATecke] #01 Ursina Gabriela Roesch | urgart [FATecke] #02 Eliane Zinner [FATecke] #03 Yvon Baumann [FATecke] #04 Viviana Gonzalez & Ana Pantoja [FATecke] #05 Magdalena Suter [FATecke] #06 Claire Linder [FATecke] #07 Karin Schuh [FATecke] #08 Cath Brophy Planned: [FATecke] #10 Noëlle Berg

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Text: Pauline Della Bianca, Kuratorische Leiterin FATart

Picture Copyright: Mara Mars