My relationship with sculpture started while studying Interior Design at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 1992. I soon discovered that I needed more than to just draw three-dimensional work, I needed to sculpt three-dimensional work, and so switched my major to sculpture. I have worked in stone, wood, mixed media and also clay, now my preferred medium.
In 2000, after returning from the US to my native Brazil, I learned about an indigenous clay technique (scroll), which I happily adapted to my work. It allows the finished clay pieces to remain hollow inside, which really appeals to me. After firing the clay, I finish by covering it with dots of cold paint (acrylic). I use this same dots technique in my two-dimensional work, enjoying how it both calms me and helps with concentration.
My first clay sculpture series using scroll was abstract. I was living in the jungle at the time, exploring only shapes, inspired by nature. That’s also when I started painting, using water color and acrylic as my medium.
The theme of my painting is relationships, love, and human interaction. My technique involves several phases, first drawing shapes that take the form of humans, usually two connected figures, followed by water-color – a process requiring patience – and the third phase is acrylic dot work, which calls for lots of focus. Working in this process feels to me like embarking on an adventure with a thousand possibilities, just like life itself.