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The ground pieces have to do with a village "Mallet Stevens" that the artist visited in Paris. All together these 15 pieces form a floor that exists on the terrace of a house that interested her there. This floor was composed of tiles, of various colors that formed a pattern. Leonor Antunes reproduced in leather the real scale of that terrace floor, and each piece of leather corresponds to a color pattern on the floor. They formed a "puzzle" when placed on the floor until she decided to separate them.
“I really believe that art exists in a context, so I don’t see [my sculptures] outside of the spaces where they exist,” says Leonor Antunes, who takes care to attune her site-specific, sculptural installations to their surroundings. Before she begins crafting her pieces, she researches the space into which they will be set. This involves looking into the history of its use and the people who designed and constructed it, as well as taking its measurements, and spending time in it, experiencing its effects on the mind and body. Working with materials like leather, brass, bamboo, and nylon thread, she then constructs elegant, understated sculptural forms, often incorporating geometric patterning and woven features. Within these works, Antunes interweaves references to lesser-known architects, artists, and designers, paying homage and giving them their due.
Portuguese, b. 1972, Lisbon, Portugal, based in Berlin, Germany