Maria Taniguchi’s “Untitled” brick painting project began in 2008 and is continuing active today. Each image is composed of an apparently unlimited number of rectangular cells that have been graphite-outlined and then painted in grey and black tones. The careful approach yields a delicate yet detailed surface pattern. As they evolve to varied degrees, the bulk of these paintings exceed metres in size. Because the structural structure contains architectural elements, the artworks themselves materialise as huge existences inside the space.
The laborious process of constructing the brick paintings is an important objective of Taniguchi’s work; the time and effort put into creating each piece of art takes discipline and undivided concentration. Despite the grid’s fundamental framework and mechanical manufacturing procedure, the appearance of the paintings varies drastically from canvas to canvas, depending on the quantity of paint and water used by the artist. Taniguchi linked the pieces to an external mechanisation of the body and alluded to the cells of biological entities. The brick paintings are inextricably linked to Taniguchi’s past works as well as to one another, although they are only a small part of a larger, more extensive matrix of her approach.