Floral Shoppe
Sculpture with colorful cloths, yarn, and butterflies cut from magazine pages. Presented at the Espaço Das Artes, São Paulo, 2019

Something I noticed about Brazil was that it’s a place where the conception of physical beauty is very strong. I’ve always been fascinated by the aesthetics of physical beauty, thus my love/hate relationship with fashion magazines. 

The butterflies made from pages from those magazines are seen sitting on the leafs and flowers of traditional Brazillian tablecloths. Cluttered together in such a colorful and oversaturated environment they create distorted human faces. I wanted to create something aesthetic but that manages to convey a sense of unease. 

The title refers to Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus, which kickstarted the genre vaporwave, defined partly by its slowed-down, chopped samples of smooth jazz, elevator, R&B, and lounge music from the 1980s and 1990s. The surrounding subculture is sometimes associated with an ambiguous or satirical take on consumer capitalism and pop culture.