Joana Vasconcelos, ‘Misty’, 2015, Galeria Horrach Moya

About Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos came to public attention for her sculpture A Noiva (The Bride) at the 2005 Venice Biennale, a five-meter-tall chandelier made from 25,000 tampons. Influenced by the 1960s Nouveau Réalisme movement, Marcel Duchamp's readymades, and the symbolic, tactile constructions of Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse, Vasconcelos takes objects and materials from daily life and sets them into new and intricate assemblages. Interested in ideas of womanhood, nationality, and family, she frequently incorporates crafts like knitting and crochet into her art, as well as common Portuguese household items like ceramic figures. For Piano Dentelle (2008), one of Vasconcelos’s most recognizable works, she covered a grand piano in a gorgeous lacy crochet reminiscent of snowflakes.

French-Portuguese, b. 1971, Paris, France, based in Lisbon, Portugal

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Revival, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
De fil(s) en aiguille(s), La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels
GLASSFEVER - Contemporary Art in Glass, Fondazione Berengo, Dordrecht
Salzburg: Parcours d'Art, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Salzburg
Art Miami 2014, Adamson Gallery, Washington