3D sculpture of the word "STEP" that begins with a foot merging into letters of increasing size

Marianna Peragallo, Step (2021). Polymer Clay, Apoxie Sculpt, Oil Paint. 17 x 9.5 x 4 in.

Marianna Peragallo is an artist and sculptor whose recent anthropomorphic works are playful self-portraits that explore the cross-sections of love, labor, endurance, and support. Recalling the aesthetics of children’s books and toys, from which we first learn (or mislearn) about love, the intimately sized sculptures are contorted in impossible gestures that have mutated beyond the possibilities of the human body to perform an action: provide light, hold boundaries, or support another sculpture. Her recent “body language” series interrogates the characterization of love as saccharine manipulation, opposed to profound mutual support. These works feature feet, hands, or fingers that are busy doing: lifting, climbing, reaching, and, most importantly, giving and receiving support.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.