Artist

Noemiza

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Biography

Noemiza
[Noemiza Batista dos Santos]
1947, Caraí - MG

When she was very small she learned how to model clay with her mother Joana, pot maker, who in turn introduced to Córrego Santo Antônio , Caraí, the woman water jug with three balls, that is , water jugs with a lid in the form of a woman’s head and three-foot base, with rounded ends. The water jug “with three balls for feet”, also called botija, already existed in the region for at least 200 years, but without human attributes. Unlike her mother and grandmother, Noemiza began the art of clay by modeling figures established by their mother and by Noemiza. The family, therefore, adopts its own immediately recognizable style. Noemiza uses her work to make a real chronicle of life in the rural neighborhood where she lives, she creates her own style and themes, reproducing everyday scenes, such as christenings, weddings, young men with a watch on their wrists driving cars, or the doll maker working the clay. Her art is feminine, with delicate applications of light clay on the women’s dresses, on the decoration for the chapel architecture, and party tablecloths. Although she is one of the most original artists Brazilian ceramic art, she lives on her own and in economic hardship. Her work, today known all over the country, was presented at numerous exhibitions in Minas Gerais and other States. In 1987 her sculptures were part of the exhibition Brésil, Art Populaires (Grand Palais, Paris, 1987) and the Redescovery Exhibition (São Paulo Biennial Foundation, 2000), for example. Her art is also found in permanent collection of the Edison Carneiro Folklore Museum, in the Casa do Pontal Museum (Jacques van de Beuque collection), both in Rio de Janeiro, and in the São Paulo, Francisco Museum Brazilian Popular Art, João Pessoa, Paraíba State.

Little Dictionary of the Brazilian People’s Art – 20th Century, by anthropologist and poet Lélia Coelho Frota




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