Painting Wanderlust: Thani Mara

 

Being reasonable is overrated. As kids, none of us daydream about pursuing rational, predictable life paths. That might be why we spend half of our adult lives fantasizing about the idea of running away, leaving that stability behind for excitement, for romance.

When observing the paintings of Thani Mara, that fantasy is revived once more, with her portraits of determined women—strong and fearless modern-day heroines—who, on one hot summer afternoon, decided to tie stability by its hands and feet, gag commodity and hit the road.

The women in Mara's artwork take us with them on their impromptu road trip, all the way back to the ‘70s, to the deserts and motels of the West Coast. Mara’s distinctive visuals are comprised of hyper-realistic style, vintage sensibilities and an eye for the details of clothing. Her artwork is certainly unmistakable, just as she is. An outspoken feminist, Mara doesn’t hesitate to stand up for her beliefs and face those who judge her for expressing herself candidly on social media.

The women in Mara's artwork take us with them on their impromptu road trip, all the way back to the ‘70s, to the deserts and motels of the West Coast. Mara’s distinctive visuals are comprised of hyper-realistic style, vintage sensibilities and an eye for the details of clothing. Her artwork is certainly unmistakable, just as she is. An outspoken feminist, Mara doesn’t hesitate to stand up for her beliefs and face those who judge her for expressing herself candidly on social media.

I remember that I used to sit on the floor and paint as a little girl, surrounded by paper; I spent hours doing that. It relaxed me it was one of my favorite things to do.
— Thani

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Words: Xavi Ocaña