While being outside the cultural mainstream was long considered a sine qua non of Art Brut, this is no longer held to be a key criterion. However, the transgression and transfiguration of culture – whether popular or elitist – remains a constant feature of Art Brut. Marilena Pelosi’s art is a perfect example: in her works, the exuberant Catholicism and feverish Macumba of her native Brazil come together in a giddy whirl. Reminiscences of trances, eucharistic processions, and devilish carnivals are inextricably bound up with more intimate memories of her solitary childhood, fleeing a forced marriage with a Macumba priest, and her years of rootless drifting around the world. Marilena Pelosi’s sober, unadorned lines create a cruel fairy world full of symbols, in which meaning slips away, defying all reason – especially her own, even if, as she admits, “ It’s normal people who become insane. But because I’ve never been normal, I’m not at any risk”.
- Itinéraire expogéographique authors in Animula Vagula, March 8th 2009.
- Marilena Pelosi : Manoeuvres de désenvoûtement authors in Télérama sortir, March 4th 2009.
- Marilena Pelosi à l'Objet-Trouvé authors in Le poignard subtil, February 9 2009.
- Annonce de l'exposition Marilena Pelosi authors in Raw Vision, winter 2008/2009.
- Annonce de l'exposition Marilena Pelosi authors in Raw Vision, Summer 2007.