International 2010 Archives
Maria Nepomuceno, Always in a Spiral
Magasin 3, Stockholm (Sweden)
Maria Nepomuceno lets four of her sculptural hammocks suspend in the exhibition space at Magasin 3. The artist allows her sculptures to spread across the exhibition like vegetation in a mysterious garden. She uses rope and necklaces as raw material for her work, letting them take on the natural spiral form.
For Nepomuceno the metaphor for the body and nature is central. She describes rope as a line, an umbilical cord, and every bead as a fertile point and a possible beginning that can be multiplied infinitely.
The shapes are reminiscent of living organisms while at the same time oscillating between amorphous and unmistakably phallic, like Louise Bourgeois' works in stone. In one work a giant bead rests in a hammock while another sculpture is filled with thousands of small glittering beads. Every time she exhibits a sculpture she changes it and combines a part of it whith another or takes it apart completely. Nepomuceno is inspired by ancient traditions and materials giving them new form and content. In Latin America hammocks are places of sleep, birth and death but the artist is also interested in the movement, the rocking motion.
She says of her work, "I want to create a situation that feels like transiting from the beginning of our culture to the present."
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Exhibition January 23 janvier -
Maria Nepomuceno, Untitled, 2009-