35.4" x 8" (90 x 26 cm) Natural leaf, Embroidery thread, Photoprinted on Fine Art paper. Edition of 7
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"What is most deep is the skin?" - Gilles Deleuze.
It was from this sentence that I began to produce this photographic intervention work, in living supports such as leaves and flowers.
I chose to work with embroidery (this manual technique traditionally taken as something feminine) to pierce and interfere in this nature, also very feminine.
Ornamenting these elements and making them “more beautiful” leads us to a reflection on “beauty as something sacred”, which is intrinsic and natural to human beings.
But it also leads to thinking of beauty as something painful, about the beauty standards, the cuts, scars and plastic surgery. This pain which is present not only in the feminine universe, but also in nature itself, with the growing devastation and annihilation of wilderness and all that is wild in us.
While embroidering these living elements, I realized that the stitches became sutures that would deeply act upon that skin, resignifying a common everyday element in symbols of sexuality, embellishing, oppression and suffocation.
Artist influenced by: Movimento Antropofágico, Tropicália, Caetano Veloso, Frida Kahlo and Louise Bourgeois
Juliana Curi is an artist who seeks images to show the ways in which natural elements and natural situations receive, are affected or changed by external interference. For this purpose she chooses medias such as photography, films, scripts and installations.
She began her career in the creative department of MTV Brazil, developing visual identity and campaigns for HIV, politics, citizenship and the environment.
In 2011 she was awarded a prize from MinC (Brazilian Ministry of Culture) as the best beginning screenwriter for a fiction feature film with the project ‘My Elvis’. The movie, which is now being produced, tells the story of a Brazilian Elvis Presley tribute artist who works in a circus troupe, traveling the Brazilian northeastern inlands, a region still marked by drought and isolation.
In 2015 she created the series of embroidery in plants Pink Intervention, which took part in the FIO exhibition, focused on manual works in the Sin Logo Gallery in São Paulo.
At the moment, she is developing the textile installation ‘The Body Battle‘, approved by the Brazilian National Commission for Cultural Incentive, and expected to be released in Brazil in March 2016.
Artist's media includes all or some: embroidery, photography
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