I did the waiting for ourselves Sung Painting performance in the context of my sete estrelo solo show at Monitor Lisbon Gallery. This work is an oil painting on a large one century old bed headboard. The headboard is made of five different kinds of wood, some of them “exotic”, such as the south-american pau-santo. The models come from an old 19th century madeiran crib made by the illiterate grand-grandfather of Madeiran poet Herberto Helder: a block of tiny wooden carved nativity figures representing eight apostles that get quite big because of the chosen view point. I has access to these figures because a friend of mine was doing the restoration of the piece for a Museum. The sung painting takes the whole of this piece as its “score”: the gestures, the scale, the fact that is was part of a resting place, the catholic heritage in both its painfully colonial and redeeming nuances.
The restored temple piece is painted on the back of a small wall closet. It is an oil painting of a nocturne landscape of the Island of Madeira. By employing an approach similar to the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, I embraced the cracks of the wood by painting them in gold. As I sing the painting, I take it as a "score" in the broader sense of the word. I did this performance at my sete estrelo solo show at Monitor Lisbon Gallery.
at Santa Clara-a-Nova Monastery, Madeira shoreline at night piece, made with oil on fallen wood piece of Funchal house eaves. Anozero'19 – Coimbra Contemporary Art Bienal