Adriana Varej„o is a contemporary Brazilian artist, whose wide range of influences all seem to meld together in a single piece of work. She is interested in the history of art, particularly baroque, as well as the beauty of flowers, which she explore through a scientific botanical approach.
For her fifth solo exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery, she presents Carnivorous. On display until the 2nd August, you will be able to view a selection of single and multi-canvas panels depicted carnivorous plants.
Going beyond what can be seen by the human eye, Varej„o brings you a microscopic glimpse into exotic plant life. Cracked canvases depict cell structures, which have been almost personified by the use of red paint to suggest the veins are flowing with blood. Red also connotes both desire and danger - Carnivorous plants become sexual predators, luring insects to their death.
Varej„o reveals that these images were partly inspired by French artist Louise Bourgeois, who was best known for her spiderweb paintings that also featured red gouache.