Juliana Julieta


    • Female
    • Mixed media
    • Painter
    • Photographer
    • Video artist
    • figurative

    About the artist

    Juliana Julieta Ferreira, 1994, Portugal.

    BA in Painting, Fine Arts of Oporto

    MA in Painting, Fine Arts Lisbon (2016-2018)


    My artistic practice characterizes by the persistence on the traditional mediums of drawing and painting and the cross-boundaries (and its contaminations) between mediums such as photography, video and installation.

    In a commitment and persistence in the tradition of painting, when painting I try to enter through the space of language, to widen it, to open new paths, new forms. I look for new possibilities that wandering allows, for the unknown that risks both the failure, and the meeting of what is not yet known.
    It is the painting that imposes a direction within the process of being made - and so I have to live up to. It takes an agile lightness, a distraction of deep attention, a forgetfulness that allows concentration in the creative act. Painting time is a time of dynamics, succession gestures, attention intensities to certain things, a set of vision and action-reaction of the artist's body, and the body of the ink.

    The artistic project is thought as an essay, an approach: to the painting and to the understanding of things. This notion of rehearsal refers to the idea of path, exercise, intention, which is infinite in itself. It is an attitude of predisposition to know. To paint as a way to exist and to be, to portray in works the sensations and perceptions.

    There is a concern to create representations of images of our time (here photography and attention to popular culture help to see), informed by the study of past works (of art history, mythologies, symbols, religion). The commitment to figuration tries to give back to the figure timeless values.

    I use to work with found and appropriated material keeping an archive (in permanent construction) creating a relation with collected elements of my daily life. Further, this archival method assumes the dimension of an atlas where these heterogeneous things are put in a silent conversation, arranged and rearranged to provoke a glimpse of new possibilities. This put in relation of found and life material leaves to make a new sense of things in my world, to construct Fictional Truths, as a way of achieving a kind of truth through artistic creation that as no room sometimes in our daily experience of real life.

    Thus, the artist is seen as an active subject, born and fed by globalization and its products - in the need to formulate new flexible structures capable of responding to the complexity of the times - seeks to create roots, build connections and new alternative senses. There is a vindication of the wandering as the availability and experimentation for the being to discover oneself, new ways of being, and new creative and expressive possibilities. A line is presented that structures this heterogeneity and the position as creator subject in the defense of the transitive, the state of becoming as an openness to the unknown and a commitment to the renewal.

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