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Joana Vasconcelos, ‘Viriato’, 2005, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Joana Vasconcelos, ‘Viriato’, 2005, National Museum of Women in the Arts
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Viriato, 2005

Faience dog and handmade cotton crochet
29 1/2 × 17 3/4 × 15 3/4 in
74.9 × 45.1 × 40 cm
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National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Joana Vasconcelos; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
Joana Vasconcelos
French-Portuguese, b. 1971
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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.

Joana Vasconcelos, ‘Viriato’, 2005, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Joana Vasconcelos, ‘Viriato’, 2005, National Museum of Women in the Arts
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About the work
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Sculpture
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National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Joana Vasconcelos; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
Joana Vasconcelos
French-Portuguese, b. 1971
Follow

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.

Viriato, 2005

Faience dog and handmade cotton crochet
29 1/2 × 17 3/4 × 15 3/4 in
74.9 × 45.1 × 40 cm
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