Maria Nepomuceno | Untitled, 2010 | Synthetic plastic rope, sisal rope, colored plastic beads, terracota beads and containers, glass fiber and resin [pieces], braided dyed and natural "palha de carnauba" (carnauba hay)
Maria Nepomuceno
Maria Nepomuceno

Maria Nepomuceno

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1976;

lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My art education began with painting, but I eventually veered toward sculpture, especially when I began studying industrial design and working with materials such as acrylic, wood, latex, plaster, ceramics, and others. During my pregnancy, I began to incorporate ropes into my work, a metaphor for the umbilical cord, and beads, which represent cells. To connect these different materials, I developed my own handmade sewing technique, thereby connecting my work with my indigenous and African ancestry. For the past few years, I have been using sculpture to establish a relationship between body and nature, the micro- and macrocosm—weaving memories of backgrounds and experiences, and promoting encounters with the past, present, and future. In this way, my work also relates to a suspended time, an eternal moment of contemplation of life’s cycles and infinity, always suggesting the integration between man and nature.

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