Mafalda Figueiredo is exhibiting in her first solo virtual exhibition with Tebbs between 01/03/2021-14/03/2021.
Mafalda’s solo exhibition showcases 2D chance, textures and perception of individuality through contemporary printmaking in a virtual space of serenity and Zen where the audience will generate their own narrative within each piece. Using wet mediums, mainly diluted acrylic paints and inks, Mafalda has been able to create a unique method of printmaking. The process of the work is as much of a focus of Mafalda’s practice as the final outcome. It involves movement and flexibility, making each piece a performance.
Artworks (left to right)
Ink Study 22, 2021, diluted acrylic, charcoal, liquid gloss and gold leaf on paper, 16x23cm.
Maps, 2021, diluted acrylic and charcoal on paper, 95x63cm.
Ink Study 12, 2021, diluted acrylic and charcoal on paper, 29.7x42cm.
Ink Study 20, 2021, charcoal, liquid gloss and gold leaf on paper, 104x63cm.
Ink Study 24, 2021, diluted acrylic, charcoal and liquid gold on paper, 17x22cm.
" Within the process of making a piece, Mafalda applies pressure to the layers of paint to retain various textures that are then highlighted within the materials. As her works progress, scale begins to take place in her practice, allowing the audience to have a larger view of her works, almost as if they have enlarged the works themselves to focus on certain aspects of the pieces. Inspired by rhythm, Mafalda also takes inspiration from action painting. Using her body to create a piece, Mafalda skilfully, moves her feet allowing the inks to move along with her, creating forms of composition, making it possible for the audience to view the works with no restrictions as to what it is, or meant to be, leaving it to the audience to connect and understand the works. In addition she also takes lighting and space into consideration for each piece. With light being an important component, she explores a non-traditional way of printmaking, allowing the audience to enter a space of stillness.
The process of the work is as much a focus of my practice as the final outcome. It involves movement and flexibility and overall, it is a performance piece in itself. Using wet mediums, mainly diluted acrylic paints and inks, I have been able to create a unique method of printmaking. By applying pressure to the layers, often as a whole of body experience, the chosen material retains textures that are then highlighted within the works. Additional materials such as sand, linseed oil and glazes are used to create intensity and explore different finishes."