Paula Siebra's practice focuses on images related to everyday life and scenes of intimacy using Brazilian northeastern culture as her starting point. These motifs acquire a peculiar aspect: a certain simplification in the contours, added to a reduction in the contrast between chromatic tones, polarising reality and reverie – as if the artist were daydreaming about ordinary life. Siebra's study focuses on the subject of time, encompassing still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. There is a recurring interest in generating pictures that allude to what seems to be a timespan of daydreaming, exploring how this temporality might be interpreted in multiple genres of painting through the intersection with immediate local references. Siebra's work manifests itself as a work on belonging somewhere in this collection of domestic instruments, anonymous figures in mundane activities, and landscapes devoid of human presence.


Recent solo exhibitions include Noites de cetim, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (BR); Lembrança de algum lugar, Sobrado Dr. José Lourenço, Fortaleza (BR); O Soar das Horas, Nieuwe Gentweg 21, Bruges (BE); Arrebol, Mendes Wood DM, New York, NY (US); Arrebalde, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (BR) and Ternura, Fábrica Bhering, Rio de Janeiro (BR).


Paula Siebra participates in the exhibition Close, curated by Russell Tovey, on view March 4 - April 6, 2023. For information about the artist please visit Mendes Wood DM.