Joana Vasconcelos creates sculptures, frequently on a very large scale, from familiar, domestic objects. They reference art, popular culture and national identity and cleverly combine mass produced items with elements of handicraft such as crochet or knitting. Yet as structures, they are also meticulously and ingeniously engineered. They can be witty, elegant, engaging and provocative.
Although Joana’s work is exhibited and collected widely within Europe and beyond, this exhibition at The New Art Galley Walsall in 2007 provided the first opportunity for British audiences to view her work. A body of existing works were shown alongside Jardim do Eden (Garden of Eden), a specially commissioned, ambitious work which explores the relationships between art, nature and technology, now and in the future. Joana Vasconcelos lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.