Rug Fauna Mix Serpentes

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Regina Silveira
“Fauna Mix (Serpentes)”, 2021
2m diam. 78.74 in diam.

Fauna Mix SeriesThe  Fauna  Mix  series  intends  to  critically  address  the  historical  European  tapestries  made after the XVI and XVII centuries travels to the New World, when they first reg-istered  the  exoticism  of  animals  and  indigenous  people.  The  present  fauna  designs  are formed by images that, since 2017, I have appropriated from several manuals and catalogues where animal species were depicted and classified.In that same year, they were first combined for Bicho Gal, a set of digital animations used as sceneries for the musical event in homage to the 70’s anniversary of the singer Gal  Costa,  promoted  by  the  SESC  São  Paulo,  with  several  venues  and  for  different  theaters.In the present, other animal mixtures, made mainly by insects, where used to form the pattern  for  Tropicals,  a  group  of  permanent  carpets  now  being  done  for  the  Cidade  Matarazzo architectural project, in São Paulo, Brazil.  Regina Silveira, July 2021. 

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Regina Silveira’s artistic research questions the orthodox, preestablished forms of repre-sentation, leading her to work with new possibilities of signification. Her works explore the architectural and contextual space, generally evoking a sense of uncanniness through the displacement of the commonplace, that is, our common references. Regina Silveira is known for her research into the principles of perspective, tridimensionality, and the study of shadows, which she employs in large site-specific installations, vinyl cutouts, luminous projections, works in printmaking, embroidery, porcelain, digital videos, etc.With a BA in arts from the Instituto de Artes do Rio Grande do Sul (1959), an MA (1980) and PhD in art (1984) from the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA USP), her career as a professor includes stints of teaching at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; at FAAP, São Paulo; and at ECA USP. She was an invited artist at the 1981, 1983 and 1998 editions of the Bienal de São Paulo, the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, and the 2001 and 2011 editions of the Bienal do Mercosul.  She  participated  in  the  Bienal  de  La  Habana,  Cuba,  in  1986,  1998  and  2015;  Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland, in 2012; the 6th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, in 2006; and the 2nd Setouchi Triennale, Japan, in 2016. The artist’s work has been presented at Paço das Artes, São Paulo, 2020; the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE), São Paulo, 2018;  the  Museu  Oscar  Niemeyer,  Curitiba,  2015;  the  Museo  Amparo,  Puebla,  Mexico,  2014;  the  Fundação  Iberê  Camargo,  Porto  Alegre,  2011;  Atlas  Sztuki  Gallery,  Lodz,  Po-land,  2010;  Masp,  2010;  and  the  Museo  Nacional  Centro  de  Arte  Reina  Sofía,  Madrid,  Spain,  2005.  Regina  Silveira  was  awarded  the  Prêmio  Masp  (2013),  the  Prêmio  APCA  for  her  career  (2011),  and  the  Prêmio  Fundação  Bunge  (2009).  She  has  received  grants  from  the  Fulbright  (1994),  Pollock-Krasner  (1993)  and  Guggenheim  (1990)  foundations,  and  her  work  figures  in  countless  public  and  private  collections,  such  as  those  of  the  Cisneros-Fontanals  Art  Foundation  (USA),  Inhotim,  Coleção  Itaú,  El  Museo  del  Barrio  (USA), MAC-USP, Masp, MAM-RJ/SP, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, MoMA (USA), and the Phoenix Museum (USA).