Leonor Antunes | 1972, Lisbon
Engaging with the histories of 20th century architecture, design and art, the work of Leonor Antunes reflects on the functions of everyday objects, contemplating the potential of Modernist forms to be materialized as sculptures. Antunes investigates the coded values and invisible flow of ideas embedded within objects, transforming them into reimagined abstract structures. Integrating materials such as rope, wood, leather and brass, Antunes silently rattles at the aesthetic traces of Modernism to foresee an altogether revived, rethought way of looking forward by looking back. Borrowing from vernacular traditions of craftsmanship from locations such as South America, Mexico and Portugal, Antunes seeks to understand the construction principles behind rational designs, as well as the process of abstracting reality through its reduction to geometry. The grid, present in most of the art works, objects and buildings she references, finds itself transformed into brass nets, interlaced and knotted strings, leather straps and bands of cotton threads hand-woven on looms. Her source of inspiration is provided mostly by the practice of female artists ‒ not only through their radical social and political stances, but also in their practical aspiration to improve people’s everyday lives through art and design.
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