I first saw Maria Nepomuceno’s work a few years ago and connected with the craft and aesthetic nature of her pieces. Colours, shapes, texture and craft…all things I am interested in. When I saw she was coming to Turner Contemporary and was looking for people to form a studio group, I felt it was a rare opportunity to meet her and learn the techniques used to create her works.
The studio sessions were like being transported into another world. We had the rhythm of Brazilian music to help us sew!
It was fantastic to meet so many other people and ask them why they were here and what creative projects they were making at home.
It felt so calm in the studio sessions, we were all sharing and building this piece together and all taking time out of our everyday lives to talk and sew, which felt very special.
As an artist it has been incredible to watch Maria organise and grow the installation and feel like part of her tribe. Maria has returned to Brazil while we continue to add to the Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time) piece.
It is interesting to watch how people interact with the installation and see it evolve outside of the studio group.
Maria Nepomuceno, Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time)
Until 17 March 2013
You can immerse yourself in Maria Nepomuceno’s new artwork for our Sunley Gallery Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm.
This new work is Nepomuceno’s most ambitious to date and brings a landscape of colour, sound and texture into our beautiful Sunley Gallery, which overlooks Margate seafront. Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time) expresses the energy and colour of Brazil, but goes beyond the earthly, with spiralling forms and carefully balanced objects drawing on opposing forces, like movement and stillness, unity and division, contraction and expansion.
Visitors are invited to be a part of the artwork, whether it be sitting amongst the work’s many colours and textures, or relaxing in the hammock which looks out to sea.
Special thanks to the Maria Nepomuceno Studio Group; Kent Adult Education, Broadstairs; Master Ropemakers, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.
Find out more about the commission here.