T A C T I L E 

S E R I E S

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necklace

Necklace


Variable dimensions

Fishing net, clay
2019

bowl

Bowl

 

20 cm x 15 cm
Clay, sand, coffee

2019

spoon

Spoon


70 cm x  7 cm
Seashell, cane, clay

2019

Tactile establishes a dialogue between the female body with Mediterranean shoreline landscapes, observing it and their time-specific circumstances through a reconfiguration of mundane artefacts: necklace, bowl, spoon.

 

Necklace looks upon the intersection of a more classic sculptural piece with the current issue of ocean plastic pollution. It wonders about the needs of body adornments and decorative pieces - traditionally made with locally-sourced organic materials such as seashells, while currently derived from mass-produced, synthetic, highly polluting processes and materials, such as plastic.

 

Bowl reconfigures female boundaries. It reflects on the culturally-assumed qualities of female personal boundaries: self-sacrifice, denial of self and of agency; while replacing those with concrete structural limits, ownership, and an ongoing permeability that acknowledges the need of the openness for receiving.

 

Spoon deals with a remembrance of the basics, of the essential. It is inspired by a tale, popular across different cultural traditions:

'A rabbi wanted to know the difference between heaven and hell, and so decided to visit both. First he went to hell, where he found people gathering around large tables with delicious food. Yet all of them were starving, for each held a spoon with such a large handle they couldn't feed themselves. The visit to heaven went differently: the smell of the food was equally good, and people were similarly sitting around big tables. They also held the same long spoons, but they were all nourished and happy because they were holding the spoons to feed each other, across the table.'

 

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Lígia Oliveira © 2020