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Covet Foundation had the pleasure to contact Catarina Nunes, a young and extremely talented ceramicist, for an exclusive interview about her exquisite ceramic artwork.

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“Arte Secreta – Namibia” (2015). Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

When asked “What is the art piece you are most proud of from all the ones you created so far? Why?”, Catarina confessed how hard it is to give a single answer. Each piece helped her build a path of discovery filled with moments of passion and fascination, but also frustration and growth.

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“Novos Graus de Sigilo (Sigilo Quebrado)” (2016). Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

“Every single piece I create makes me think about the world, how I fit in it and what I wish to express. I want my art to communicate a message, maybe due to my academical background in Design”.

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“Novos Graus de Sigilo (Sigilo Quebrado)” (2016). Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

“One of the art pieces that I treasure most is “Efémero”, the creation which was born in Japan in my master’s degree project.” It was carefully made of porcelain azulejos with three panels of 1m x 2 m and the process of creation went on for six months. The panels were connected by a wire and suspended 6 m high in a gallery’s balcony. All the experiences of her life in Tokyo were hand painted in those azulejos. In her last day in Japan, Catarina cut the cables and let the work of art break in a million pieces against the ground, creating a loud sound that echoed in the building. This performance was her way of saying goodbye, of acknowledging her life in Japan as a simple memory, lost forever.

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“Sleeping in Tokyo” (2006). Made in Tokyo, Japan, with Azulejos (hand-painted tiles). Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

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Later, back in Portugal, she was robbed, and all the documentation of this piece stolen. “Almost like a prophecy, now the cycle has ended, and I can only keep the piece, as my experiences in Japan, in my memory.

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“Sleeping in Tokyo” (2006). Made in Tokyo, Japan, with Azulejos (hand painted tiles).

At the moment, Catarina is dedicating herself to a new project. The thought of sculpture as a physical object that blocks our vision captivates her and she wants to discover a way to surpass that characteristic. “I love the idea to be able to peek the other side, bonding drawing with sculpture. I would like sculpture to be a sketch floating in the air, not a solid entity.”

“The sketches where the first concepts are born, where several lines collide, enchant me. My next project, which I intend to showcase soon, will follow these conceptual tracks.”

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“Vestígios de mar – No encalço do preenchimento de vazios” (2017). Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

Until now, Catarina is used to work with free shaping of ceramic paste, she lets her hands freely mold the object while it evolves into a three-dimensional shape.

Catarina confesses she loves poetic design and the merging between art and craftsmanship, artistic movements that currently mark Portugal. ESAD was not only her guide, but also the guide of many other young designers that are now enchanted by art’s poetry.

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“Vestígios de mar – Rabiscos” (2017). Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

She admits admiring projects like the one from Vitor Agostinho, a designer and artisan, whose work’s mold transforms itself every time it is used, producing a different art piece always. Eneida Tavares and her unusual merging of different materials in industrial artworks or Anna Westerlund, a renowned designer and artisan are also inspirations.

We can’t wait to discover more about what the future will bring to this young and talented ceramic artist and designer.

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Exhibition “Corpo e Matéria”. Photo: ©Catarina Nunes

 

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