Devaney Claro de Souza
The artworks showcased here are a result of Devaney Claro’s latest pictorial research inspired by the concept of the “panta rhei” (Everything is in flux) from the ancient Greek Philosopher Eraclitus of Ephesus who stated that “no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.”
The artist interpreted the concept and developed it during his artist residency at Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in April and May 2015. Carried out in two phases, the works try to capture not only the sense of flux of time (through the process of coloring the cotton threads), but also the sense of space (through the pictorial surface: canvas or wooden board, or any other surface). In the first phase, the artist paints expanded raw cotton threads with acrylic colors to catch fragments of time or of the panta rhei while the colors dry out. This is for the artist a magical moment when the raw blank lines are semantically charged by his hands with his colors and gestures as he immerses them in the continuous and invisible river of life flowing around us. And so he allows the lines to develop their latent poetic essence. On a simple cotton thread the colors reveal their essential and emotional potentiality. In the second phase the artist treats the colored lines on. Once a work is complete, it reflects from its core the dualism of time and space. It is a pictorial interpretation of fragments of the eternal flux of life, an image of the present compressed between the past and the future, a picture of the panta rhei. The artist sees every artwork as a visual network, a fabric, in which time, space, ideas, meanings and emotions are interwoven.
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Some of Devaney’s artworks at Ingolstadt Art Fair 2016 (Kunstmesse Ingolstadt)
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