María Nepomuceno

BRA (1976). Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

E a vida vence!, 2013
String, ceramic, beads, and construction ruins
Produced for the biennial

María Nepomuceno’s work has a strong connection to the artisan traditions of Latin America. Her woven compositions combine string, straw, large and small beads, bright colors, pieces of ceramic with odd shapes, and found objects, sometimes resembling a festive trousseau. These materials create a fantasy-like scenery. Her shapes are not casual, but rather subtly yet firmly emulate the structures most frequently repeated in nature: the spiraling axes that make up our DNA and the galaxies. At #1 Cartagena, in a small, deserted house near a forgotten parking lot the artist presents an installation with different types of terracotta, textiles, and products of local artisanship, lending them a new organic identity and reconfiguring the urban landscape into a platform for artistic materiality.

Her work speaks of her interest in all things organic, without being necessarily attached to a tangible reality. Her sculptures take on an out-of-context anthropomorphism and make us react within our own bodies. Her textures highlight handmade artisanal craft and evoke the relationship between the creator and the observer, inviting us to experiment through her work. These qualities immediately remind us of her artistic predecessors, the pioneers of neoconcretism, first in Brazil and later throughout the world.