(New York, USA)
Maria Nepomuceno’s playful, organic-like sculptures are showcased at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. for the first time starting this Thursday, March 1st. Titled “Vital”, the solo show presents six sculptures alongside framed wall works that pay homage to Brazilian identity and traditions, especially craftsmanship.
After all, some of the works on view were either inspired in or the result of a partnership between the artist and a group of Brazilian women who weave carnaúba (a kind of palm tree) straws – for Nepomuceno, the technique is a way of “trying to hold the time with my hands so it does not go so fast”. Other materials employed in the building of the sculptures include colorful ropes and beads, ceramics, gourds, wood, and industrial finished resin forms, while the wall works lie on the border between collage, painting and sculpture.
– I’m the fruit of a great mix of races, something very common in Brazil. And one of my intentions is to have these works reflect the richness of my home country – she states.
“Vital”, solo show by Maria Nepomuceno
On view from March 1st through April 7th, 2018
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
530 West 22nd Street
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