Mariela Martin’s photographs stage new forms of surreality. Often picturing subjects that are difficult to identify, Mariela’s photos occupy a crepuscular space between Duchamp's readymades and the dolls of Hans Bellmer.
Give Us This Day-2 is exemplary of Mariela’s creative practice. The impressive bulk of the object (or rather, congeries of objects) photographed has an aura of mystery about it, made possible by the difficulty of deciphering exactly what the viewer is seeing. In Give Us This Day-2, reductive analysis falls way so that a new creative synthesis of materials can emerge into the light.