Brazilian artist Ana Lopes found her natural language of expression in sculpture, exploring an intersection between the concrete and the abstract in forms inspired by different manifestations of a millenary human art: dance.
Painting came first, well before sculpture. Lopes participated in various courses, including Art in Education at the Brazilian School of art, Think and Create Art at Parque Lage, Language of Drawing and Painting at Parque Lage, and Sculpture Experimentation Workshop at the Calouste Gulbenkian Art Center. Each of her sculptures is first molded from clay; afterwards she creates it in bronze. Lopes’s repertoire also features resin pieces.
“I was always interested in art. Initially, I was drawn to painting, consulting books of art and art history, identifying the representative painters of each era and their works. I fell in love with the Impressionists. In the ‘70s, I sought an apprenticeship in clay with an art course at a local art school, ministered by two of the most reputed sculptors of the era.
“During my first experience with ceramic, I felt movement flow directly from my thoughts and emotions. I made a human figure; but with broad lines--not realistic. It was in no way a copy of the real thing. Forty years later, l experienced this again! During a sculpture course, I picked up a clay block and I felt movements flowing from it in the same way! The figures were emerging naturally. Many years later, sculpture became my preferred form of expression, and I began lessons to fulfill a formal apprenticeship of molding with clay.
“With sculpture, I hope to transmit emotions and thoughts with my own personal interpretation. I search for the harmony of movement. Who knows? Maybe my work will encourage a vision of the world that is more harmonious.
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