Behind every gesture is a jewel
Living organisms evolve to adapt to new environmental circumstances. GMO's, monocultures, urbs, massive forest devastation, irreversible processes... man-made landscapes.
There is a rhythm in every process, maintaining balance?
Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; he who would search for pearls must dive below.
Out of the shell I / II were made on the occasion on the exhibition with the same title, curated by Sherry Simms and Sayumi Yokouchi at Loupe Gallery, Montclair
*Poem from the book überstein, Ed. Leonor Hipólito, 2009
During the summer of 2008 I was in residence in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
The projects überstein, Gaia and Lab were started there and later finished in my studio in Lisbon.
For überstein I published a book with the same title. This book portrays the very particular
experience of my residence, combining jewels with poems.
überstein was exhibited at Gallery Reverso, Lisbon 2009 and at Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein, 2010
From the inanimate pile of stones I could sense life; veins, bones, glands.
Lines that made me think of time, motion and, evolution. Textures I recognized as if they were archaeological findings, colors and, compositions from which I could draw successive parallelisms with other life forms. Intricate systems where all the divergence converged into the same stream.
According to the Greek mythology Gaia represents the Goddess of the Earth, the primordial element of generation. The big mother that gives and takes, nourishes and devours. The force that sustains and generates the order in the world.
In the late 60's Dr. James Lovelock developed what after this deity he called the 'Gaia hypothesis'.
The 'Gaia theory' as it is called nowadays is an ecological issue that states Earth as a single living organism. Forming a self-regulating system Earth's atmosphere, oceans and biota are seen as greatly affecting the chemistry and conditions existenting and maintaining environment optimal for life. Just as individual organisms do on their own.
Gaia was exhibited at Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein, 2010
Can we encapsulate the sensations the material upholds? And extend ourselves to all sides, into Nature, until the volatility of our sensations enable us to feel life as a form?
Lab joins five objects which together form a unit, a thought or perhaps a question over a thought. It is following the image of various laboratory instruments that we first associate handling of instruments with manipulation of matter. Filtration, combustion, evaporation; methodical gestures that cause substance to alter. Scheduled procedures, notes and, diagrams that convert transformations into predictable sequences. Fragments of Nature that are being replicated by the attempt to capture its essence. On a second view though, it becomes clear that the 'encapsulated forces' are the same that form the objects themselves, as if spilled out, they have reached another state. Nature is then seen as a laboratory by itself.
Lab was integrated in the collective exhibition On the Other Hand curated by Cristina Filipe and Paula Crespo at Gallery Reverso, Lisbon, 2009 and exhibited at Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein, 2010
Human Patterns was made on the occasion of the collective exhibition In Their Own Words at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2009 and exhibited at Gallery Goldfinger, Copenhagen, 2010