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EVOCATIVE RECOLLECTIONS


"Sure: such pictures will not be the same with another artist, with another option, however, even considered under a point of view of photographic document, Gretta's corporeal options reach an unusual efficacy. We are in front of a little common concomination, between the creative activity of an artist who knows how to enjoy the expressive dynamic and plastic possibilities of her body and the realization of a photographic documentation which remains autonomous as well as in its teckinal as in its esthetic values."
October, 1979 - Gillo Dorfles - essay published on the occasion of Gretta’s solo exhibition at the Centro Culturale La Filanda, Verano Italy "Gretta's work aims at dealing with the so-called women's liberation. From the start, her paintings do not seek erotic effects. Moreover, the female body is not an extension of a feminist speech, in which men and bras are vital. The body acts as a seeker of internal and personal liberation.
September 12, 1980 - Wilson Coutinho - Ed.: Jornal do Brasil "Caderno B", Rio de Janeiro Brazil - “Feminist images... “


Evocative Recollections XII 1981
Acrylic on canvas and lace, 80 x 115cm
Evocative Recollections XI 1981
Acrylic on canvas and lace, 80 x 115cm



Evocative Recollections XVII 1981
Acrylic on canvas and lace, 130 x 130cm
Evocative Recollections II 1981
Acrylic on canvas and lace, 130 x 130cm
Evocative Recollections XIII/A 1980
Watercolors and acrylic on arches paper, 75 x 75cm
 
Evocative Recollections XIII/C 1980
Watercolors and acrylic on arches paper, 75 x 75cm 

And so these naked bodies also constitute a denunciation of the hedonistic and alienating practices to which the female form is submitted, a denunciation of the repression and mystification to which women's education exposes them from every direction. And they are an affirmation of the real sensuality of women, which respectability nonetheless still attempts to hide or to repress (the curtain or the mosquito net). And so, like gallery owner Romana Loda, we can quote Hugo Von Hofmannsthal when he said: "The profound should be hidden. Where? On the surface."
February 24, 1981 - Gina Avogadro - Ed.: Il Giorno, Italy "Personaggi - Within every woman there lies a tiger”

When an artist expresses with immediacy what comes to him from the innermost regions of the senses, he cannot but make a genuine striving to love. Gretta Sarfaty's striving to love has thus gone beyond the fact of manipulating itself with aims other than the usual ones of adulation: it has broken the mirror with violence, without fear of being disfigured, and in this way has brought to the surface deep-lying motives of existential malaise".
March, 1981 - Romana Loda - essay published on the occasion of  Gretta’s solo exhibition at the Multimedia Gallery – Brescia, Italy, and at the Centro de Arte Euro-Americano in October, 1981, Caracas – Venezuela – “A striving to love…."

 

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