f.marquespenteado combines traditional embroidery methods in a pastiche style with drawing, found objects and texts to create elaborate compositions that evolve into a world of imaginary literary creations. Rejecting Manichean notions about the masculine body and the role of masculinity in society, the Brazilian-born artist chooses to separate gender from name. Working under a gender-neutral pseudonym, the artist focuses deeply on issues surrounding the expression of gender and sexuality as well as the schismatic figures and regimes of power within society. With a practice that is marked by the use of textiles, f.marquespenteado uses embroidery - a traditionally female-dominated craft - to explore these topics and voice a social critique from domestic environments.
For Independent Brussels, f.marquespenteado will present his newest project “men in trouble” - a series composed of rackets that have been hand-embroidered with portraits of fictional male figures against curious backgrounds. Embroidering over drawings and subsequently attaching these to the rackets, the backstories of these male figures have evolved stitch by stitch. From the lavish and grandiose life of a sculptor, to the risky and deceitful existence of a charlatan, the works express the intense, emotional and distempered moments in a man’s life and his pursuit to frame himself within his personal and cultural environments where he juggles to identify and retain his own profound beliefs.