ANIMATED WOOD OF SUBJECTS, OBJECTS AND ALTERNATIVE ONTOLOGIES
In Amazonian culture, though different corporally, plants and animals are ascribed the status of people. Like humans, plants and animals possess intentionality and agency.
Véio’s practice reveals this sensibility towards nature: he encounters nature revealing the ‘be-coming-human’ of natural plants as well as the ‘becoming-animal’ of human bodies.
Véio walks along the rivers, in his homeland, Nossa Senhora da Glória, a small village in the North East of Brazil. He gathers wood logs and carries them to his atelier. Over there, he works while rotating, shaving, chipping, shaping, sculpting and painting the branches, finally revealing human-like figures or animal-like shapes latent in the timber.
Véio does not impose figures upon raw materials, but reveals familiar silhouettes and hidden shapes from occasional carving and colourful painting. Véio’s unspoiled sight reveals latent affinities between forms the possibility of becoming something different and unexpected. The bold use of colour, the contamination of materials, and the playful use of patterns transform language and ever-changing possibilities.
Each sculpture reveals familiar silhouettes to the searching eye. As a shaman, Véio brings to presence hidden shapes by removing them from the raw material through occasional carving and painting, thereby restoring to the wood a meaning that exceeds pure physicality.
Véio’s sculptures offer insights on alternative ontologies and ways of constructing, dissolving, or transforming traditional dichotomies that continue to powerfully shape our worlds, anticipating the possibility that matter is conceptualised as chronically unstable, inherently undifferentiated, and ultimately practice-dependent.
SEASON 1 at SEEDS is curated by Stefano Rabolli Pansera?.
VÉIO @ SEE••DS GALLERY
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