Pinball is a game where the player manipulates two or more 'straws' in order to prevent one or more balls from falling out of the game. When the ball comes into contact with certain objects scattered around the playing area, it increases the player's score. My artistic process aims to review the history of humanity, especially the history of art and the history of sexuality. For that, I start from cliches, popular sayings, mostly from Brazilian culture, like: “I don't accept you nor covered in gold”. "Not everything that shines is gold". “Girls wear pink and boys wear blue.”, Among many others, each giving meaning and being the starting point for the creation of each series of works. In the series: “Rehearsal for the encounter between Pink and Blue” where the work, “Pinball two” is part of, I have two starting elements in mind. One of them is the colors pink and blue and all its spectrum of variation in the chromatic circle, of light, dark tones, and the mixture of pink and blue that results in the purple color, which is understood by the feminist theory as the neutral color. However, I intend to denaturalize the historical concept we have about blue being a masculine color and pink a feminine color. On the screen, “Pinball” we can see both colors coming into relationship through the balls that seem to be floating around the screen space, and in their surroundings we have other purple objects that would be the result of this interaction. In this way the screen is like a Pinball game where the object is not to let the balls fall, not to eliminate them from the game, but through them to create other relationships that are materialized by the purple color. The second element that originates this series of work is the concretist and neo-concretist heritage of the Brazilian plastic arts. The strong presence of color and geometry on two- dimensional planes most characterized concretism. In addition to form and color, gestalt, neo-concretism added a human character to works of art, which could be manipulated like the “Bixos” by Lygia Clark, or even penetrable like the works of Helio Oiticica, but these artists even turning their concerns to a more political and relational issue of the work of art with its surroundings, they did not abandon the forms', geometric and colorism concerns of the works. As a transsexual artist, linked to the generation of political artists, I don't want to limit my work to only social causes, and to lose sight of something wonderful that only the visual arts can provide me with: the relationship with forms, with colors, with materials, and everything you can do with it. The work “Pinball” like all my work is part of a series, which is a continuation of another series. All works have the guiding thread of questioning history without forgetting the past, bringing important personalities to the causes of sexuality as in the sculptures of nylon and sand, or representing important issues regarding the use of colors, and body geography based on canvases I call Expanded Paintings, because they use fabrics instead of paint and invite the touch of those, they invite the public to come closer, because I believe that getting closer to the works, the colors, the sinuous, erotic forms of my canvases, will be getting closer issues still considered complex and taboo, such as issues of sexuality, genders, and women, black, transsexual, and non-binary artists in an art system strongly marked by the presence of straight white men who have a worldview. Art is the place that par excellence requires new worldviews to be presented. New possibilities of thinking the real.
Pinball #1 (2020) - Series: Rehearsal for the encounter of Pink with Blue - Felt on canvas - 60x40
Pinball #1 (2020) - Series: Rehearsal for the encounter of pink with blue - Felt and pin on canvas - 70x50