Joana Vasconcelos’ Bestiary


Written by Mateus Andrade
Celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos showcases the beauty of handicraft techniques from her home country in the Bestiary series.

Known for her show-stopping interventions and gravity defying pieces, Vasconcelos focuses on smaller scale as well. Manipulating animals made in earthenware pottery from 19th Century artisan Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro; each over-sized creature is carefully covered, or better yet, protected with extraordinary crochet lace from the Azores region.
Joana was the first woman and youngest contemporary artist to ever exhibit in Versailles Palace, such a relevant and strong statement of her skill and sophistication is easily recognizable in her body of work.




Angélica, 2013

Photography by Unidade Infinita Projectos
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