Untitled black series (detail) 2009
‘Never a single point of origin but multiple and splintered in many constellations’ Briony Fer
I came across a brilliant essay by Briony Fer, which talks about Maiolino's clay works in detail - the quote above (from this essay) struck a chord in me. In the 60’s and 70’s Brazilian artists were very much influenced by the notion of Anthropophagia – the cannibalisation of other cultures and this is still reflected in the intestine like forms she creates. The question of cultural origin is complex, in terms of the colonial story, but also with our ever-expanding global community perhaps concepts like these are still pertinent.