Made of solid cabreúva wood, the shelf receives compositions made with ceramic beads from the Jequitinhonha Valley that permeate all its levels through buriti yarns.
The beads, painted in four different shades made with clay, stones and plants from the region itself, are of different sizes, generating unique designs.
These ceramics production process, traditional of the Jequitinhonha Valley, is 100% manual, from the extraction and preparation of the clay to the modeling and painting of the pieces with inks pigmented by different types of clay and stones found in the region, creating unique characteristics that couldn’t be repeated. All made by the hands of artisan Deuzani Gomes dos Santos and her daughters Marcilene and Gil, in Coqueiro Campo, a small community in Minas Gerais.
Coincidence, fate or chance ... I cannot say, I only know that once again I saw myself in Minas Gerais, received with sincere joy, a tight embrace and eyes that smile.
Getting to Jequitinhonha Valley is like diving into part of history, one that changed many lives and influenced so many others.
It is a place with women of strength, determination and courage. Women who put their souls in the clay and through it describe their lives and welcome their dreams, expressing all the delicacy and softness that they have inside them. Women who while molding the clay learned to respect time, without letting it pass, accept adversity, without accommodating, and today plant their gardens around the world, rewriting their stories.
It was there, in Jequitinhonha Valley, a place so full of past, of stories and traditions, that I filled my soul with the future and learned to live with time. The time where the old and the new blend, merge, transform into each other and become part of our memories.
Ceramic, Coqueiro Campo, Vale do Jequitinhonha, MG - Brazil Wood work, Jaú, SP - Brazil
2018 | Unknown Territories | Usagi Gallery | Brooklyn, NY - USA 2017 | Moldar Mudar Exhibition | A CASA Museum | São Paulo, SP - Brazil