Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sing the Song of Valeria Nascimento

Black Hibiscus
Inspiration, Meditation, Lovely, Gravity-Defying, Stirring, - name any rousing word you want and Valeria Nascimento will bring it to mind with her gorgeous, intricate ceramic work.  Don't believe me?  Just click right here - - it's her link.

Actually, you have my permission to CLOSE my blog and go there with your whole heart.  Yep, that's right, I'm telling you to leave me, so you can fully commit to appreciating her art with your complete attention and a single browser.  (Just make sure you come back later, I'll miss you...)

Born in Brazil and based in London, Valeria Nascimento has a degree in architecture that has served her well in her porcelain work, blending an appreciation for the landscape with purity of form.  Look closely and you'll see that the single piece is as beautiful as the whole shape, just as in nature.  And that the collected is as important as the individual.   It's this unadulterated dedication to a natural aesthetic that makes her pieces sing.

Valeria Nascimento
Gold Flower
Hibiscus (detail)
Her pieces are mostly wall-installed, large-scale installations, and they defy the limits of gravity and fragility.  They also defy the limitations of porcelain itself.  Her work is paper-thin (if paper were on a diet) and Nascimento works mostly in matte black or white, both of which can be unforgiving to the form.  And apparently...she has no problem with unforgiving.

Worth the jump: see a video of Nascimento's recent, large-scale exhibition in London: Botanica here.


  1. Yes, this is beautiful indeed - love the idea of ceramics like this as wall display, amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Gorgeous!! I am sorry if I got her work confused with yours Rae...
    for some reason, when i just saw the photo of the flowers, I thought it looked like something you would do. Love hers AND yours!

  3. Hi Rae, I agree with you. Valerianas work is beautiful, delicate and organic. Thank you for the introduction! Wini xo