Do you know how to crochet? If so, good for you! (I am very bad at it.) Joana Vasconcelos is very adept at this craft, and uses it to cover cement statues and as the basis for paintings.
Dainty-looking crochet covers an otherwise nude woman, adding not only modesty but religious overtones as well. Vasconcelos impressively forms the decorative netting and dollies to strategic parts of the woman’s body.
This painting, composed within an ornate gold frame, bursts out of its confines and towards the viewer. Vasconcelos creates abstract forms that read as a living organism, like a coral reef on the ocean floor.