Maria Nepomuceno: TRANS
An exhibition featuring a vibrant and seductive series of sculptural installations and interventions.
For this exhibition, the Rio de Janeiro-based Nepomuceno expands her characteristically dynamic approach to form, using traditional methods of rope weaving and straw braiding as well as techniques of her own design. The works in TRANS extend the artist's interest in biomorphic and organic development, and emphasise the interconnectedness of the individual object and its environment.
TRANS draws inspiration from the common linguistic prefix and its associated range of references: 'trans-' actions such as transgressing, transforming and transmuting. The interelated series of sculptural installations that make up the exhibition are designed to intensify the relationship between the viewer, the work and the surrounding architecture. Pre-existing elements such as bricks, industrial piping and even the gallery walls merge with the organic forms of the sculptures, made of hand-sewn ropes, beads and woven straw. The crossing and interlacing of materials express a desire for spatial expansion beyond the physical confines of the gallery.