Sketches from Rio


The series Sketches from Rio is an unusual tribute to the hawkers of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches; textile art and the ‘Fine Art’ technique of en plein air (in the open air) sketching. I created 31 stitched artworks after being captivated by the hawkers who, with panache and perseverance walk the beaches selling their produce and wares to sunbathing Cariocas (locals) and tourists. I was particularly fascinated by the physical details of the hawkers and their interactions –or lack thereof- with beach goers. What appear at first glance to be seemingly quickly executed sketches are in fact laboriously stitched artworks. I deliberately chose to make the works look like sketches -something we generally create and peruse briefly (like we look at hawkers, uniformed workers or the homeless). I wanted the viewer to glance, then to take a deeper look at the artwork and ask themselves, is that merely a sketch or is there much more ‘work’ to this work? Just as when we meet another person –does their identity lie solely on the surface, defined by what they ‘do’ or is there more to them.

From Left to Right:
Watermelon man, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Pineapple man, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Fairy floss Dreams, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

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From Left to Right:
Icons for sale, 2007-14, 40x40cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $825

The Fitting, 2007, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Sunscreen man, 2007, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

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From Left to Right:
Sunnies!, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Sandwich lady, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Mobile man, 2008, 40x40cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $825

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Oh Lele, 2008, 40x40cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $825

Catching her eye, 2007, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Closer look, 2007, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

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From Left to Right:
Jewellery lady, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Hammock men, 2008, 40x40cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $825

Cashew man, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

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Cigarettes, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Grilled cheese, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

New day, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

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From Left to Right:
Back pack man, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

Corn man, 2008, 40x30cm, Silk and cotton stitching on hemp, Framed with light timber (think Scandinavian Birch), $625

 

Embroidered sketches
Embroidered sketches