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In this live performance, Cristina Elias writes a real-time diary with charcoal on a large canvas. Having finished to write one whole page, the artist erases the text with the movement of her own body, in a process that repeats itself successively. Here, two layers of expression are explored: in one, the woman who offers the observer what he is used to receive - his objectified exposure within a ‘box’; and in another, the creation of an intimate, secure and protected space, where words acquire physicality through the silent movement of the body. The double layer of “Music box” is also revealed in the formal aspect of the work: to be exhibited are the action of writing and bluring the text with one’s own body as well as the canvas/installation that results from this same action.
I produce objects out of actions. Representing the passage of time through the combination of the living body and other artistic tools such as drawing, writing, video, animation, photography and sound is my expertise. I concluded an MA in Movement Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011 and since then have been working in the visual arts field adding to it movement techniques. My background includes dance and other movement systems such as Aikido and Butoh, which I use as guiding principles to create works in visual arts. Charcoal is my passion: a material which can be blurred and transformed, but not erased - just like our memory.
My work is focused on merging different codes of expression such as text, sound, image and movement. Prizes: "FUNARTE - Women in Visual Arts 2013" , "Paço das Artes – Temporada de Projetos 2017. Exhibited at the Radial System (Berlin), the Berlin Platforma Festival, VERBO Festival (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo), Festival Dança em Foco (Rio de Janeiro), MIS - Museum of Image and Sound (São Paulo), MAM - Museum of Modern Art (São Paulo), Paço das Artes (São Paulo), MAXXI (Rome), Studio Stefania Miscetti (Rome) among others. Master's Degree in Movement Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London, UK). www.cristinaelias.eu
action into objects: performance, installation, writing, drawing, charcoal on canvas.
canvases: charcoal on canvas and acrylic print (photography)
creating art objects through the action of the body and transporting the passing time into something one can see (representing the ephemerous). merging different artistic codes such as text, video, photography, sound and movement.