A Day Has 12 Coats
6 InkJet “Watercolor” Print on Japanese
Paper, 11.7 x 16.5 inches
“The pandemic brought me back to a recently completed project on women of the Diaspora and their efforts to build a new biographical narrative in a foreign country. My studio was closed. Exhibitions were canceled. My dining table evolved into my work table and my everything. As my art tools became an anchor in a threatening sea of uncertainty, I recognized for the first time the value of these objects. They are the shortest path to my craft, which is my place of familiarity and comfort. In light of that idea, I went back to those twenty-two women and the letters written to them. The images on view were created while I re-imagined their crafts, working tools, and spaces beyond materiality. I asked myself what their emotional meaning was as they were learning how to cope with change.”
Simone Couto is a research-based conceptual artist whose practice focuses on people and places' identities and the poetics of hospitality, relation, reciprocity, and belonging. Simone was born in Brazil and has lived in NY since 1997.
ARTE BRASILEIRA NO CONSULADO | Brazilian Art at the Consulate
Exhibition Living Through a Pandemic
Luciana Solano, Independent Curator
As New York gradually re-opens, a new global paradigm is being built before our eyes. Even in pre-pandemic times, we had been trying to make sense of a fragmented reality around us. Now, in response to COVID-19, a new interdependent world arises.
The mandatory pause offered recurring global reflections on what is still essential. Ideas on what constitutes a home and its geographical location accounted for unexpected displacements. Our hearts may have experienced precedence over the brain. Everywhere people resorted to nature to feel more grounded. The environment around us became uncertain, unpredictable, turning the once outlined reality into abstract perceptions and wishes to explore new worlds.
The pre-pandemic “normal”, accepted by most of us, had its oppressive structures exposed. The pandemic allowed for our re-engagement with old lines and limits: mental shared constructions. We became permeable and that included our own bodies and buildings. Ultimately we, individuals, the people, confronted ourselves primarily as beings and not as workers. While we shape a new future, some of those lines will accompany us; others will stay in history and new ones will germinate with the power to change everything.
While we emerge, living through this indelible period, I invite you to explore some of those global recurring reflections through the body of work of eleven NY-based Brazilian artists who made art in this context.
Exhibition presented by the Consulate-General of Brazil in New York
Support: Yu Bakery and Leblon Cachaça
Special Thanks: InPlus Interior Design