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Plethora II, 2019
Hand embroidery, stone, fig pendant
and seed on linen
45 x 28 cm
Plethora II is part of an embroidery series that started in 2018.
In these pieces, there isn't any previous sketch. The free composition is a crucial part of it.
I use to call this as a "bordado-feitiçaria" [witchcraft-embroidery] works because it is based on an important silently, concentrated and ritualistic practice. On its surface, I mix different small objects used in Afro-Brazilian religious rituals like the fig pendant, the small synthetic bone, and the red and black Brazilian seed.
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.
African textile pattern
Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930)
Detail of Plethora II