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Nazareth Pacheco: Drop by Drop

11 Apr 2015
13 Dec 2015

APR 1, 2015
DEC 13, 2015

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – a museum run by the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture – will host the artistic intervention Gota a Gota of Nazareth Pacheco on April 11. “Gota a Gota” [“Drop by Drop”] is the result of a project created four years ago for the Pinacoteca, and presents – in the Pinacoteca’s main elevator – over 2000 bronze “drops,” with 30 different shapes and sizes.

“For the implementation of these drops, the artist – to a certain extent – relinquishes control over the material, one of the traditional prerequisites of artistic production; after all, the pathway on which the bronze will travel in the short distance between liquid and solid is not knowable in advance” says Giancarlo Hannud of the Pinacoteca team of curators.

Nazareth Pacheco recounts that the drops emerged when she was constructing a large curtain with beads, crystals and razor blades. Even being careful, cuts were inevitable, and when it happened, she needed to take a break to stop the bleeding, so she wouldn’t soil the piece.

“In one of these breaks, one of the drops of blood fell onto a piece of specialty paper, calling my attention. I took a photograph of the drop and the result enchanted and challenged me to think about drops… drops that fall on the ground, as we walk, and record our steps. For the Pinacoteca, I imagined the bronze sculptures on the second and third floors melting and turning into drops that began to occupy several spaces of the elevator,” recalls the artist.

With a master’s degree in visual arts from Universidade de São Paulo, Nazareth Pacheco, from the beginning of her career, has focused on the three-dimensional field. Her early pieces are made of rubber, and present pointy pins of the same material. In the late 1990s, the artist begins to add metal components, such as bits of steel, copper and brass, to her works in rubber.

She starts to fabricate pieces with objects that cannot be touched, joining beads or crystals to needles, scalpels or razor blades and fish hooks, creating ornaments and apparel. She also initiates research into a new material, acrylic crystal, designing objects such as benches or cribs, to which she adds sharp and pointy instruments.

The installation can be viewed at the Pinacoteca through October 18.