Embroidery

Joana Vasconcelos’ Impressively Crocheted Statue and Painting

Joana Vasconcelos

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.

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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.

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