From Milwaukee in the United States, Mariah Ferrari's practice explores themes surrounding fabricated sentience, the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively. Ferrari depicts the sensation of touch through disembodied hands, allowing the viewer to focus on this singular sense.
Hyperreal colour and lighting bring the figures to life, enhancing the plausibility of the environment whilst bringing its utter absurdness to the viewer's attention. Water saturates both the figure and the ground, highlighting the still surface of water before submergence, providing opportune moments for painting. The figure interacts through playful touch and slippery movements, contained in a dreamlike state. This challenges our perception of sentience both in actuality and simulation, calling into question the sensory event of being alive.
Mariah Ferrari took part in ‘LUCKY CHARM’ a Group Exhibition of 28 International Artists. Presented by Lisa Boudet in association with Moosey Art. Opening the 4th of November 2021 at Hoxton Arches in London, United Kingdom.