Materials: paper covered wire, cotton, polyrope, string, brass wire, various beads, black plastic pearls from Uruguay, Hama beads, wooden beads, pink acai beads and small seed beads
H 37cm x W 33cm
“Mascara Radiante (Radiating Mask) is symbolic of the feminine in all its forms,” says artist Paula do Prado. “It’s a play on what we often see as contradictions: strength and fragility, beauty and purpose, simplicity and complexity. A celebration of being ‘both’, being many.”
Paula’s Hybrid Forms series references a combination of forms; feminine and masculine reproductive organs, animals (owls, octopi, jellyfish) and ceremonial African masks. Eyes are a recurring symbolic motif as windows to the soul, seeing and not seeing and simultaneously looking towards the past and future. Each work in the series is highly individual and a one-off piece.
The intensive handmade process blends traditional and non-traditional textile techniques and materials. Form, colour, texture and a ‘making do’ aesthetic reflect the artist’s Afro-Uruguayan heritage. Hybrid Forms are talisman-like objects that attempt to connect to the spiritual through the power of transformation.