Brasileiro artesans produces a prodigious amount of ceramic sculptures, mainly in terracotta.
I didn’t take as many photos as I should have—so this post is no indication—but one sees these large, traditional or fantastic, figurines in every souvenir shop, every lobby, every restaurant.
There are whole towns, in the interior, that do nothing else but craft tiny scenes from everyday life, boys chasing chickens, women selling vegetables…though I didn’t see them here.
The lights are very “gallery-esque” at the Casa Do Artista Popular (tiny, amber spotlights that one can hardly see by) so I’m afraid many of these photos will be blurry or dark, but they give an idea…
With their tremendous talent for shaping and working clay, one wonders why there seems to be so little experimentation. But I guess that’s what makes it folk art: the artisans have the techniques, but no imagination or desire to break away; they are happy to produce the same time-honoured designs of their forebears.
It probably took a couple of hundred years for them to venture from making religious figures to making secular figures…it’ll probably take another few centuries before the village potters attempt anything so outlandish as a flower vase in the shape of a house…
“This series started out as an attempt to do self-portraits. I wanted to find the most honest way of depicting myself and because I see myself most often from the inside, it became a depiction of inner landscapes….
“For a number of years, I have been doing a technique of painting in layers. It is a most effective way for me to convey inner histories, building from the deepest level up until I reach the surface.”
“It has always been a journey from the core, from the most essential part of being. From the universal to the very personal image that shows up on the surface.”
Chati’s been re-working her blog, and I just had to post a few images, and some of the beautiful thoughts and feelings that go with them, again (other posts about Chati here & here). I met Chati Coronel nearly 20 years ago, at a very special little secondhand bookshop and café, owned by a literature professor, across from the university, and I have had a girl crush on her ever since. She is one of the most beautiful, radiant women I know…a punk rock Björkshire princess (hey! I like the sound of that :) ) enlightened mother, lover, and Buddhist saint, rolled into one tall, willowy, enigmatic and consummate artist. It has been a while. I miss my friends, my ‘tribe’, my creative space back home, my life with plants and cats in the mangroves. Saudade. Brazilian songs are full of it (though where they’d rather be, I have no idea.) Chatishine.
The jerboa is a hopping desert rodent found throughout Northern Africa and Asia east to northern China and Manchuria. They tend to live in hot deserts, their big feet keep them from sinking into the soft sand as they hop. My little guy is a bit of a disco bunny, too…instead of fur (in a desert? So last century!) he’s got a spangled hide of little winking sequins that sparkle in the desert sun.
Again, available on Society6 as a-this-and-a-that and what-have-you.
More folk arts from the Casa DO Artista Popular…woodwork, this time.
We love the little wall-hung dioramas featuring the workspaces of various craftsmen, such as those who repair the facades of the many old buildings in the city,
the cachaça (rum) makers
Also, this little view of a home interior, with a tiny radio on the shelf, and a sewing machine:
Then again, I have to be honest and admit that I like this one so much, I may order a bag for myself! It’s weird when you find yourself lusting after your own design and ordering it from someone else…with a little bit of stitching, I may even be able to put a real pocket where that zipper is, that would be really fun!
The original sold last year, so unless I buy or print this design, I’ll never ee my little llama again!
Really good stuff at the Casa do Artista Popular in downtown João Pessoa. Rooms devoted to various folk arts and crafts. I loved the doll room. Tiny fabric foliões (revelers) just over an inch high, above.
Papier maché puppets…
Mechanical figurines with whirligigs that produce movements…
Large mosaics made entirely of prettily-dressed dolls…
and gypsy rag dolls complete with wooden clogs and travel suitcases… The Casa do Artista Popular is a small museum of folk art and crafts, set in a beautifully restored old building overlooking the Parque da Independência, 56 – Centro, João Pessoa – PB
I’ll be adding the animals from last year’s Dream Menagerie to my Society6 shop, too.
Here’s the first one, Panzer Wombat…as though this little living tank of a marsupial needed to get any tougher! Wombats are like cannonballs with eyes and a furry nose. With the added protection of a Galapagos tortoise’s shell, he’s invincible! A superhero, nay, a god, among wombats…
Available as an art print, framed or un~, print on stretched canvas, a mug, a clock, a throw pillow, and a tote bag (I followed the file instructions, but the smaller tote bags chopped off his nose! AARGGH! Pictured is the 18″ bag, where he gets to keep his nose. I will fix this, in a day or two, I promise.)
I’ve added cushions, tote bags, and wall clocks to the main Casa das Flores design…perfect for the summer holidays!
Also, I’ve put some of my beloved’s quirky black-and-white ink drawings in the shop, available as small or medium prints.
His style is very different to mine, as you can see! Themes are cycling, sailing, the author and the love/hate relationship with his muse, and general weirdness…
I’ll be uploading many more of his drawings to the Society6 shop over the next couple of weeks (travel is expensive, we didn’t have much money to begin with, so we will be mining all the creative works we can dig up!)