I grew up in a very rural setting in the north of Portugal where nature and craftsmanship played a major role in my childhood and formative years. Although it sounds like a contradiction, I am inspired by minimal and complex imagery such as the simplicity of the Sea and the intricate craftsmanship of complex embroidery. I enjoy repetition and the reflective and spiritual side of it. Serendipity and experimentation are also important elements that are absorbed into my work.
I’ve discovered printmaking when I was a Fine Art student at the University of East London. Painting was my main subject, but after my first experiments in printmaking I’ve decided that I wanted to learn more about the medium and I’ve ended up doing a printmaking MA at Camberwell College of Arts.
Whilst studying at Camberwell, I’ve found that by delving deeper into the medium, subjects and techniques, my work has started to change and progressed to a point where it became more introspective and intricate.
My approach to printmaking highlights the physical aspect of it. I am interested in the act of imprint- the act of producing marks and patterns and the way this is connected to an emotion. I explore repetition and the act of repetition as a ritual or mantra that opens the path towards spirituality and free ourselves from the banality of everyday life.
The Penal Colony series and all the other series of work presented here evolved and are related to a contemporary concept of spirituality, specificaly , the concept of repetition and Ritual. Hence the pursuit of a repertoire of signs, daily rituals and emotions registered in a personal language of marks and patterns which I have been working and developing since 2010. The main inspiration for the Penal Colony series is the juxtaposition of Repetition/ Ritual and mark making with the frank kafka Short story with the same name in which this machine invented to punish people, in a rather unique way. The punishment is meant to "enlighten" the prisoner – as the machine works on him, he comes to learn what commandment he violated by feeling it on his body. The prisoner is somehow transformed greatly by this process.