2009
Plaster, Acrylic polymer with a rigid polyurethane foam core
210 x 69 x 65 cm
Edition of 1

Down was produced alongside another work, entitled Up. Both of these pieces were constructed using two equal, solid blocks of clay (210 cm high by 90 cm square), through which Cerqueira Leite dug a tunnel, in directions correlating to their titles. Cerqueira Leite set herself the challenge of tunnelling through the least amount of space possible and thus the cast of her downwards tunnel forms the content of this work. Disembodied limbs and feminine bumps and bulges combine to form a phallic-shaped column resulting in a sculpture that confuses notions of gender. Further, the active and creative force of Juliana's body in constructing Down takes precedence over her own body as subject and facilitates a relationship with the viewer's body, be it masculine or feminine. Down is a work of conflations - the visual and tactile, femininity and masculinity, process and product. The result is a self-referential form where the corporeal limitations of the body are explored.

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About The Artist

The spirit of Cerqueira Leite's work aligns itself with post-minimalist concerns of the body in space. Her sculptures are visually striking and tactile - often lending themselves to feminist readings due to their historical influences and performative exuberance. However, Cerqueira Leite maintains that her works do not have a specifically feminist agenda. Instead her work shows a struggle between narrative and context that addresses universal human conditions through the undeniably corporeal dimension to her work. Her sculptures reconcile the "practice" of art making with the bodies of its creator and spectators, portraying the contingency of means and end, input and output.

Monumental or delicately proportioned her works investigate how time and physical action are captured by matter to generate form. Her practice reveals a phenomenological approach to process by mapping the experience of embodiment, how it is portrayed through figurative representation and the history of sculpture. The objects, drawings, photography, performance and video work that make up Leite's practice continually reveal their past engagement with the artists' body. Emerging from an interest in how tactile, temporal and spatial experience is stored in memory and the mental body-map, her work is determined by specific action-schemes, repetitive choreography and the properties of materials.

Juliana Cerqueira Leite

Born: 1981

Other Artworks by Juliana Cerqueira Leite at CASS

2011

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