1953 Brasil – London, 1998
Her work comprises installation, sculpture, video and drawing. The material and psychological relationships in the interplay of objects, space and language are at the core of her artistic practice. Many of her works incorporate detritus found discarded on the streets of London, or acquired in army surplus, medical and second-hand shops. She was awarded a residency at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 1993 and a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists in 1996.
“My way of thinking is very much from Brazil: My way of picking up objects comes from there too. It is something connected with childhood and also with the Brazilian psyche. Our way of thinking is not as linear as it is in Europe … In art, you obviously have a background in art history. We don’t have that in Brazil at all. I think the way we developed our visual sense is different from the European model. I didn’t have that. We just do everything in a very empirical way, even art.”