Everything I do today is still related with the enchanted environment and the intense smell of oil painting which I encountered when I was five years old at the Children’s Art School of Rio de Janeiro’s Museum
of Modern Art. My teacher, Ivan Serpa, a painter who always fought for freedom of expression both in
art and politics, placed a blank white sheet of paper in front of me and said – just do it ! To this
day I can feel theexcitement of that challenge!
This meant that the fundamental guidelines of my work were laid very early on and that they continue to influence my activity and my work. On one hand, the senses predominated. They guided me and lead me
on to an experiment and experiences with various materials, attracted by the stimulus of what I saw
and felt. What I do in my art is the result of the myriad of information received, of my
relationship with the world, with people and with nature.
On the other hand, I learned from childhood that creativity is not based on perfection or rigorous techniques, however rather on the exploration and explosion of our own authenticity. The language of art is to
me synonymous with freedom. It brings me closer to the universe, creating a means of starting to
dialogue with people and hopefully being understood.
Of the different artistic medias which I have tried, sculpturing is in a way the synthesis of my path, which has captured the vital dynamics and vibration of my reality, both inner and outer. The work flows as
I discover my own truth, bringing me the joy of the miracle of life. A mysterious and enigmatic reality
mirrored in my most recent work. “Autumnal Droplets” and “Dew”, which represent hope before t
he unknown. Those bloods “wraps” symbolize the purifying fire necessary to the
transmutation of the “plots” that lead to the essence of being.
Aos cinco anos de idade entrei na escola de pintura infantil do Museu
de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Lembro como se fosse hoje que na
altura comecei com o óleo e o suporte era o papel. O professor
só pronunciava a palavra “Faça!”. E o que é certo é que não tenho
problemas com a folha branca para começar a fazer. Nunca mais parei de
pintar, mesmo durante a vida académica.
Sinto vontade de lhe confidenciar algo muito pessoal: Quando
experimentei o a tela como suporte na Escola de Arte, ARCO, em
Portugal, percebi que a tela me refreava e não era o suporte ideal,
pois limitava a liberdade de criar. Senti que a técnica se impunha e a
liberdade teria de se adaptar a técnica. O desafio me atrai. No fundo
o grande desafio da vida é saer ser para alcaçar a verdadeira felicidade.
A arte transmite força quando é criada pelos impulsos das emoções não repimidas.
Deixar o ser experenciar a liberdade de criar dá muita
alegria e essa felicidade me transporta ao êxtase.
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