‘Animal Esthétique 1’ by Joana da Conceição (en)

Overview, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013

‘Animal Esthétique 1’ overview, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013Trained as an academic painter, da Conceição turned to the expressive immediacy of drawing and has only recently returned to painting again. But her paintings now occasionally take the form of 3-dimensional installations that can extend beyond gallery walls. “As an artist I am always trying to make sense of the world, mapping time and space, physically and emotionally.”

Stone table before installation
The round stone table in the garden of Château de Lagamas was the primary inspiration for her site-specific piece. ‘Animal Esthétique 1’ uses a combination of house paint and local soil (Salagou, fields) to map the primaeval movement of the sun while also tracing the horizontal and vertical axis of the surrounding grounds and architecture.
Tracking and measuring the sun movements, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013
Tracking and measuring the sun movements, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013

Ayant reçu une formation de peintre académique, da Conceição s’est tout d’abord tournée vers la proximité expressive du dessin et n’est retournée à la peinture que récemment. Ses peintures prennent cependant la forme d’installations tridimensionnelles qui sortent des murs de la galerie. “En tant qu’artiste j’essaie toujours de donner du sens au monde, de dessiner le temps et l’espace, physiquement et émotionnellement.”

Applying Salagou red soil, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013
Applying Salagou red soil, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013

La table ronde en pierre installée dans le jardin du Château de Lagamas est à la source de son  inspiration pour son installation in situ. Animal Esthétique 1 recourt à de la peinture industrielle et à la terre locale (Salagou, vignes) afin de dessiner le mouvement du soleil et retracer les axes horizontaux et verticaux de l’architecture environnante.

Text by/texte de Louisa Buck/Julia Royse

Work in progress, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013
Work in progress, Joana da Conceição, Lagamas 2013