I hope you liked the gift that Luisa and Giancarlo gave to you.
On this page, I put together some information on the piece. Let me know your thoughts :)
Part of an embroidery series started in 2018, Plethora I is a piece that I use to call as a "bordado-feitiçaria" [witchcraft-embroidery] one because it is based on an important silently, concentrated and almost ritualistic practice without any previous sketch. The free composition is a crucial part of it.
On its surface, I mix different small objects used in Afro-Brazilian religious rituals like the small synthetic bone and some stones or pearls used in folkloric vestments.
During the last decade, São Paulo has received many African immigrants (from Senegal, Angola, Moçambique). They are a strong community in town, keeping their cultural more live than ever. In downtown, where I have my studio, these immigrants sell their art every single day on small tables on the streets: masks, incredible textiles, small pieces of jewelry, etc. This enormous vibrant surrounding has a powerful influence as well.
Plethora I, 2019
Hand embroidery, stone, metal
and seed on linen
45 x 28 cm
Detail of Plethora I
Mask from Congo