SANDRA LAPAGE: THE EMERGENCE OF UNCONSCIOUS
Art Market|Issue #50 August 2020
I create sculptures from trash and discarded materials that are often malleable and even wearable and address a series of environmental and behavioral issues.
SANDRA LAPAGE

These sculptures unfold into installations, photo-performances, and photographs.

Sharp garments for desperate shamans: portrait in aegis dress C-print. 44x32 c. 2020

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Control is an illusion, and through the work, I exercise the acceptance of what recycled and everyday materials reveal, from accidents to new processes. The vital materiality of quotidian objects is my starting point and leads me to a reevaluation of the dichotomy between life/ inanimate, human/nature. I believe that a shift in the hierarchy can result in a greener approach to self, culture, and nature.

In the emergence of the unconscious, I am interested in the appearance of primal forms, remnants of timeless myths, and ceremonial objects.

Sharp garments for desperate shamans: portrait in cage dress and mask. C-print

(Sculptures: recycled materials (aluminum), copper wire and staples). 40x50 cm. 2020. (Detail)

Sandra Lapage © All rights reserved.

In this sense, I refer to Joseph Beuys' shamanic practice: by limiting the presence of consciousness and the censoring ego in the work, I hope to channel essential poetry. My work is made of impurity, error, failure, frustration, insubordination, excessiveness, and organic accumulation.

Sandra Lapage received her MFA from the Maine College of Art in 2013. Since then, she has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Brazil, Europe, and the United States, including at the Brazilian Embassy in Brussels (2007). Her work was featured at the Ribeirão Preto Art Museum for the 2006 exhibition program and at The Centro Cultural São Paulo in 2012.

In 2004 and 2005, she exhibited at the Gowanus Loft (NYC), and in 2018 and 2019 her work has been featured at the Blumenau Art Museum and Aura Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo) as well as at the Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto and Andrea Rehder Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo).

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