Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Terra Firma re-imagines the return to one’s roots and reconstructs memory, landscape and childhood inspired by four books of Gaston Bachelard: The Poetics of Space, The Psychoanalysis of Fire, Air and Dreams and Water and Dreams. The missing elements are contained hallucinations trapped inside of the reminiscences of the geometry of her first home reinvented in space and now alternated by Couto's process of recollection of language, shapes, textures, and symbols. In the reconstruction, she translates the process through the belief of the ancient Greeks that all things are made of the four states of matter: earth, water, air, and fire. This new installation includes objects, sound, videos, and a series of works on paper.
A single channel video. 28min. 2014 (For video, redirect yourself to front page)
Gouache and pencil on watercolor paper. 7 X 10 in. 2014.
I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. Bachelard. The Poetics of Space
When entering her childhood home, now a shack, after thirty years of absence, Couto was incapable of registering what she saw in video. She instead created a set of colorful paintings of its rooms and found objects she encountered.
Single Channel Video 1:24 minutes. Loop. 2014.
(The fire) rises in the depths of the substance and offers itself as a love.
Bachelard. The Psychoanalysis of Fire.
Air and Dreams : Fan Templates
Charcoal, Japanese ink, gouache, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper. 22 in X 30 in. 2014.
Wind for the world, and breath for man, demonstrate “the expansion of infinite things.”
Bachelard. Air and Dreams.
Fan Templates is a composition of eight technical drawings of a common house fan reduced to its essential shape. Each drawing contains thirty circles in charcoal, the amount of years Couto was absent from the farm in brazil where she grew up and left at age of nine and returned to in 2014 to produce her film Terra Firma.