Glacée dorée. Seconde partie
Generous, exuberant, feminine and unconventional, Joana Vasconcelos offers us an extravagant and avant-garde artistic universe, a very enlightened mirror of our time and its socio-cultural models. The artist questions with humour the contemporary society and its paradoxes by combining crafts and industry, tradition and modernity, popular culture and erudition. Ambitious in terms of contents and visual impact, and also often for their monumental scale, her works bring together several different mediums and techniques: ceramics, textiles, crocheting, lighting, cements, installations or decorated ceramic tiles. The Crochet Paintings series, including Camélia (2015), Gestalt (2017) and Swirl (2016), mix references to painting and sculpture, figuration and abstraction, while taking the viewer into unreal landscapes in baroque and contemporary tones. Joana Vasconcelos unfolds her magic world by playing with the codes of luxury and design as well as the potential of elements drawn from the domestic universe. Through the decontextualization of elements chosen for their semantic charge and the use of the accumulation, replication and subversion of everyday objects, her works create a kaleidoscopic world of endless combinations of materials, shapes and colors that undermine the dogmatism of the established perspective and the preestablished routine. Glacée Dorée carries us into a playful, poetic and sensory world, where domestic objects, applied arts and Portuguese craftmanship and culture join together to further explore the female identity in a universal perspective.