Doce Céu de Santo Antônio (Santo Antonio’s Sweet Sky) by Marepe
In Doce Céu de Santo Antônio (Santo Antonio’s Sweet Sky) Marepe is photographed standing outdoors, one arm raised, holding a stick of white cotton candy and pointing it up to the blue sky of his hometown Santo Antônio de Jesus in Brazil. In the image, the cotton candy’s form almost blends with the white, puffy clouds in the bright blue sky, and Marepe appears exultant or triumphant. The work is a playful reference to childhood and memory, recurring subjects in Marepe's work. It also alludes to the artist’s sweet, personal relationship to his home town.