Duarte Sequeira presents Vanessa da Silva for Frieze Sculpture, running from 14 September until 31 October 2021 at the English Gardens in The Regent’s Park, London.
Exploring ideas of transmutation, corporeality and the primordial, Vanessa da Silva’s Muamba Grove series presents a combination of abstraction and figuration, resulting in forms that are at once unrecognisable yet strangely familiar. Colour and scale play a significant part within the works. Taking into consideration the interaction between the human body and nature, the works explore the relationship between object and body, body and nature that, in turn, unfolds an extended narrative between object and viewer.
The forms of da Silva’s sculptures are often produced in tandem, or in reaction to the compositions she intuitively carves, she identifies each sculpture as ‘unrooted bodies’, genderless, neither human nor part of nature, but as hybrids that are in a constant state of mutation, metamorphosing into something still unknown.
This series of sculptures were produced in 2019 and exhibited for the launch of Duarte Sequeira’s Gallery Sculpture Park alongside a performance in collaboration with Arte Total, the city’s local dance company.
Vanessa da Silva is an emerging artist from Brazil, who lives and works in London. She holds an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2017), and a BFA in Product Design from FAAP, São Paulo (1999). In 2020 da Silva was the recipient of The Hopper Prize Award (USA), and the Gilbert Bayes Award, Royal Society of Sculptors (UK). She participated in the residencies FAAP, São Paulo (2020), Pivô Research, São Paulo (2019), and Ox-Bow, USA (2017). In 2019 she was the first invited artist to participate in Duarte Sequeira’s Gallery Artist in Residency Programme.