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Ana Silva

Born in 1979, in Calulo, Angola

Currently lives and works in Portugal.

Ana Silva attended the college of drawing and painting AR.CO in Lisbon and joined a group work in painting and sculpture directed by Hart Berg in Elinga Theatre in Luanda..

The artist?s work is always very personal, deep, and delicate. Her aesthetic focuses on the media experience (canvas, wood, metal, acrylic, fabric), technique (painting, drawing, collage, sewing, metal oxidation) to an end that is always meant to close a chapter or to open one. ?I cannot separate this fact from my experience in Angola, at a time when the scarcity and access to art materials appeared. Colonial war, civil war marked the pace. Creativity was taken by exploration around me, of what existed. That experience had great impact on my work and in my life.?

Raffia bags and doilies become beautiful again thanks to the poetic characters embroidered by the artist. Ana Silva distorts the use of these materials meant to be tidying bags or shadow for years.

The artist finds these materials during her strolls in Luanda?s market and initiates a memory?s work trough them. By combining lace with African colors and fabrics, Ana Silva shows her mixed-culture.

Her work is divided into three series: Agua, Enfant, and Grand-Mère. In her largest series, Agua, the artist highlights the difficult access to water in her native country, Angola. Despite the abundance of that resource, the lack of infrastructures forces women and children to walk several miles in order to find water. This responsibility deprives children of their childhood. These children born adults are a theme also mentions in her series Enfant.

The relationship between her grandmother and her daughter is another recurrent theme in the work of Ana Silva. This shared femininity, this story of women is reflected through the characters she represents but also with her work on lace, a fabric that refers to knowledge transmission, the learning of patience.

 

Born in 1979, in Calulo, Angola

Currently lives and works in Portugal.

Ana Silva attended the college of drawing and painting AR.CO in Lisbon and joined a group work in painting and sculpture directed by Hart Berg in Elinga Theatre in Luanda..

The artist?s work is always very personal, deep, and delicate. Her aesthetic focuses on the media experience (canvas, wood, metal, acrylic, fabric), technique (painting, drawing, collage, sewing, metal oxidation) to an end that is always meant to close a chapter or to open one. ?I cannot separate this fact from my experience in Angola, at a time when the scarcity and access to art materials appeared. Colonial war, civil war marked the pace. Creativity was taken by exploration around me, of what existed. That experience had great impact on my work and in my life.?

Raffia bags and doilies become beautiful again thanks to the poetic characters embroidered by the artist. Ana Silva distorts the use of these materials meant to be tidying bags or shadow for years.

The artist finds these materials during her strolls in Luanda?s market and initiates a memory?s work trough them. By combining lace with African colors and fabrics, Ana Silva shows her mixed-culture.

Her work is divided into three series: Agua, Enfant, and Grand-Mère. In her largest series, Agua, the artist highlights the difficult access to water in her native country, Angola. Despite the abundance of that resource, the lack of infrastructures forces women and children to walk several miles in order to find water. This responsibility deprives children of their childhood. These children born adults are a theme also mentions in her series Enfant.

The relationship between her grandmother and her daughter is another recurrent theme in the work of Ana Silva. This shared femininity, this story of women is reflected through the characters she represents but also with her work on lace, a fabric that refers to knowledge transmission, the learning of patience.

 

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