Paloma Bosquê: The Unsettling
The third edition of Hello.Again, a program that has the aim to introduce the space and greet Pivô’s visitors with interventions on the ground floor, presents O Incômodo [The Unsettling], by Paloma Bosquê’s (b. 1982, Garça). The artist occupies Pivô’s ground floor with a series of sculptures made of brass, lead and rosin – the residual vegetable resin obtained after the distillation of turpentine. Bosquê has been working with this resin for a while, studying its handling and testing its limits: rosin is classified as an amorphous solid, that is, a variation of a solid state without a defined geometrical form and with a random atomic arrangement. Taking the material’s physical presence as a departure point, the artist takes on an unfathomable challenge: to propose certain geometry to the rosin’s internal disorder.
Heated rosin can be easily shaped so the artist experiments with different moulds, organising the material in rectangular blocks scattered around the space, supported by brass structures under heavy lead sheets. These materials, with such distinct properties, continuously negotiate with each other and with the venue’s architecture. Paloma Bosquê shines a light into the ordinary material that is rosin, presenting a work that is constantly moving and depends on the viewer’s commitment to be experienced in it’s fullest potential. Over time, the rosin blocks settles onto their supports, reacting to their weight, taking on their contours and delicately shaping themselves onto each situation proposed by the artist. The friction between the organisation of brass and lead, gravity and the rosin’s instability places these sculptures exactly where stillness meets movement: in a silent restlessness that can only be observed through time.
The artist’s practice develops around the investigation of materiality, structure and physicality in different medias. Her work results from the direct process of interacting with matter and researching its physical and symbolic relationships with space and the viewer. She had her first solo show at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, 2014. She participated in a number of group shows, in Brazil and abroad. Her works are included in public collections such as Kadist Art Foundation, Paris/San Francisco, and Tullip Collection, London.