Erika Verzutti's new drawings continue her interest in investigating the ways in which the insular act of artistic creation intersects with the physical world. Working in self-isolation using an Ipad application that simulates the experience of painting (whether it be the viscosity of a medium or the pressure of a brushstroke) the immediacy of the screen allows Verzutti to freely mix technique and subject. Drawing on ideas present within her practice, such as her own reading of art history, and the exploration of both the human body and natural form, these works provide an outlet for Verzutti to connect her daily experiments to a wider network of ideas. Outputted digitally, physically printed and then photographed to be presented on a screen, the works additionally reflect the codependency of physical and digital form endemic to our present moment.
Erika Verzutti (b. 1971, São Paulo) lives and works in São Paulo. Verzutti's work is the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England, opening in the Spring of 2021. In 2019, the Center Pompidou, Paris presented an extensive survey of her work. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Venus Yogini, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2019, Swan, Cucumber, Dinosaur, Pivô, São Paulo, 2016, Swan with Stage, Sculpture Center, Queens, 2015, and Mineral, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 2014, among others. In addition, Verzutti participated in Viva Arte Viva, the international art exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel, 2017 as well as the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2016. Verzutti’s work is held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Instituto Inhotim, Brazil, and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.