Juliana Cerqueira Leite

Brazilian-American, born 1981

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Juliana Cerqueira Leite

Brazilian-American, born 1981

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Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s large-scale, tactile sculptures investigate the abilities and constraints of the human body. Using her own body as a primary tool, Cerqueira Leite digs, climbs, scratches, and pushes through her materials—which include clay, latex, and plaster—to create organic forms. The sculptures retain impressions of the artist’s legs, arms, and fingers and often resemble skin, bone, and similarly corporeal matter. Cerqueira Leite’s work references Eva Hesse, Lynda Benglis, and other artists interested in the intersection of the body, art history, and social politics. Explaining her use of materials, Cerqueira Leite has said, “One of the reasons I use so much density of material is that I want to upset the status quo—the idea that matter is consistently subservient to our desires. I want to put myself in a position where matter is in just as much in control as I am.”

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Biography

Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s large-scale, tactile sculptures investigate the abilities and constraints of the human body. Using her own body as a primary tool, Cerqueira Leite digs, climbs, scratches, and pushes through her materials—which include clay, latex, and plaster—to create organic forms. The sculptures retain impressions of the artist’s legs, arms, and fingers and often resemble skin, bone, and similarly corporeal matter. Cerqueira Leite’s work references Eva Hesse, Lynda Benglis, and other artists interested in the intersection of the body, art history, and social politics. Explaining her use of materials, Cerqueira Leite has said, “One of the reasons I use so much density of material is that I want to upset the status quo—the idea that matter is consistently subservient to our desires. I want to put myself in a position where matter is in just as much in control as I am.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
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Included in a major biennial
Marrakech Biennale
Articles Featuring Juliana Cerqueira Leite
From ArtRio to the São Paulo Biennial, Here Are 9 Brazilian Artists Under 35 You Need to Know
Sep 2nd, 2014
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