Maria Nepomuceno, "Out of the window 3" (detail), 2021, rope, beads, clay, straw, resin, wood, glass, and iron, 82 5/8 x 59 1/8 x 29 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

“Dentro e fora infinitamente”: Maria Nepomuceno’s solo show in the USA

Until December 26, 2022, the SCAD Museum of Art presents Dentro e fora infinitamente, solo show by Maria Nepomuceno.

Across decades, Maria Nepomuceno has developed a collaborative and generative relationship with a group of female artisans in northeast Brazil renowned for weaving carnauba palm straw, native to the region, into functional objects. Nepomuceno has experimented with this medium, inventing new shapes, patterns, and forms that incorporate traditional techniques while also integrating more unconventional materials such as beads, raw clay, ceramic, resin, and rope. Emerging through the evolution of this labor-intensive method, the resulting works oscillate between collage, painting, and sculpture. Reflecting the spirit of Nepomuceno’s practice, with references to Brazilian flora and fauna, each woven structure appears as its own complete and beautifully balanced ecosystem, made up of a seemingly endless and complex network of interconnected and overflowing elements.

Three of the works on view engage the architecture of the window and relate to the feelings of longing for movement and connection and lingering between internal and external, indoor and outdoor that Nepomuceno has experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. A fourth sculpture, titled Xamã II, which translates to “shaman” in Portuguese, embodies the flow of energy in a proclamation of the healing power of possibilities.

“Dentro e fora infinitamente”, solo show by Maria Nepomuceno
From August 3rd until December 26, 2022
Curated by Brittany Richmond

SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, Georgia, USA
T. 912.525.7191

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