2003 - 2005
The reflections of a voyage 1000 miles up the Amazon River. The images allude to the forceful presence of the river and the attempts to capture the elements of torrential rain, atmospheric mist and fog, humidity, clouds to the ground, tropical heat, wood and mud, set against the ever-present power of the rainforest.
Using halves of potatoes carved into the letters
A M A Z O N A, the rims of wooden bowls, the curve edge of sticks and found objects dipped into paint, I ‘primitively’ set down layers of impressions in an attempt to reflect or represent the bare-bones survival of the ‘Ribeneros’ (the river people). Sandwiched within these marks are collaged fragments of text torn out of books, as metaphor for the colonized world of the Portuguese city dwellers.