She awakes at the dawn of every breath,
Opening windows of wind, undressing ghost of the past,
Then feral, she finds herself amongst untamed thoughts,
In days and nights, always and for now
In hearts; Slamming doors that shake the Earth
Free, she transfigures herself.
Defiant, lively and capricious,
She moves forward without remorse,
Refusing to waist her breath on reason, dust, bricks of history
On foliage eaten by those who keep chewing, ruminating, swallowing
Views from an insatiable gloom that she naturally appeases.
Eternal, silent. She flaunts a new garment,
At the dawn of every breath.
'Without ever being, becomes' lends title to the sculptures and drawings that make of this project a poem to life - to its lyrical, creative, powerful, ever-changing nature.
> on the occasion of 'The power of fragility' > exhibition view > Galeria Sá da Costa, Lisbon
While they sleep they dream
Under the dark sky of a silent night there lies their desire, hidden among leaves and branches that I hear being lightly trodden down into the earth. I look, trying to use the light of the moon to illuminate what I search. Trying to find in the essence of that feeling my own – the will power ascending like a serpentine, the gesture pulling back the opaque veil of distance, going through the fissures of the urban landscape to show itself. How to explain to whoever stops sensing this desire why they wake up dull? That in their misleading distinction between the various forms it incorporates they forget the poetry of life? How to tell those what I recognize in such deep expressions and in that impetus that reflects mine, or in the inherent vitality of their spirit, sharp and frank? I know their desire savours the same necessity that enlivens my body. That flourishes in the interlacement of affections, such labyrinth, where through narrow paths that become even narrower I stand face-to-face with our same nature.
While they sleep they dream is an exercise of both contemplation and recognition of the nature we cannot separate ourselves from, which sustained by a sensible and animal-like quality, is life's propelling strength or driving force, influencing us in the way we feel, long for, connect, share, depend upon, create, lose ground, regain clarity, aspire, inspire, die.
Partly motivated by the challenging and gratifying relationship I nourish with animals, this project is as well the result of my reflection on our capacity to identify in the authenticity of their existence our own vulnerability as living beings, the volatile nature of our physical condition, and to rely on the poetic nature of feelings.