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Sonia Gomes

Press release

Sonia Gomes – I Rise – I’m a Black Ocean, Leaping and Wide

For Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes, I Rise—I’m a Black Ocean, Leaping and Wide is the first solo show at a European institution. In her work, Gomes uses a wide range of found materials and objects given to her as gifts, such as old textiles, driftwood, furniture, or wool, to make sculptures and large-scale installations. In this way, she combines craft techniques traditionally associated with women, such as embroidery, wrapping, sewing, and binding, with many different references, drawing on the folk art and spiritual African traditions, the formal idiom of Surrealism, Brazilian modernism, and current contemporary art.