Anna Paola Protasio

by Caroline Carrion

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Anna Paola Protasio creates installations and sculptural pieces from structures and everyday objects. Elements of paradoxical aesthetics are united by the artist, such as towers, locks, spinnerets and knitting cones, which refer to the female imagination, and concrete blocks, railings and guarded fences, which could have been directly removed from any brutal contemporary metropolis.

An architect by training, Anna Paola maintains a constructive relationship with the elements of her works. This fact becomes evident in his series of sculptures created between 2006 and 2008 from wooden stairs. Used by the artist in the same way that a designer uses line, these stairs lose their use value and create gigantic and unstable-looking structures when interacting with elements such as iron cubes; they become dangerous when subjected to interventions by nails or copper wires; and they turn into visual poems when they receive knitting embroideries and waterfalls of white threads.

Born in 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, the artist participated in numerous group shows and presented solo shows at institutions such as MuBE (São Paulo, 2012), Centro Cultural dos Correios (Rio de Janeiro, 2010), Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (Rio de Janeiro, 2010), Sesc São José do Rio Preto (2009), Sesc Bauru (2009), Sesc São José dos Campos (2008) and Casa Franca Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, 2008).

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