by Joana Vasconcelos
Joana Vasconcelos’s Crochet Paintings series (2010–) is an ongoing meditation on the richness of craft, the handiwork of generations. With particular reference to the gendered traditions of crochet – an activity commonly passed down from mother to daughter – Vasconcelos brings publicity to the otherwise intimate and private domesticity of this engagement. Insodoing, she pays homage to these transgenerational stitches through time. Appearing here alongside blown glass forms, Interaction conflates the material differences of soft yielding yarns and firm ultra-gloss glass, while also drawing attention to the shared intergenerational custodianship of artisanal culture.
W 1500 x H 1000 MM
Blown glass / Wool/ Wood
Joana Vasconcelos is a visual artist renowned for her monumental sculptures, whose 25 years of practise stretches to drawing and film. She updates the arts & crafts concept to the 21st century and incorporates everyday objects with irony and humour, creating a bridge between the domestic environment and public space while questioning the status of women, consumerism society, and collective identity. International acclaim arrived at the first Venice Biennale ever curated by women with The Bride in 2005. In 2018, Vasconcelos became the first Portuguese to exhibit at Guggenheim Bilbao with a major retrospective.