“I like to play with images and establish tensions, to focus attention from some icons in contrast to others. At present, I frequently use images of pop stars or very recognized objects in comparison with others less recognized, like typical, regional or tribal ones.
Sometimes this context creates a bizarre and unexpected environment from which I aim to catch the observer and lead him to wonder.
I broach the subject of playful mood, and use scrawls to demarcate the territory that represents my imagination."
(Al.Ma.) is a Portuguese artist, born in Mozambique, where she spent her childhood.
She currently lives and works in Porto, in the north of Portugal, dividing her time between teaching and plastic creation.
AlMa took her Licentiate Degree in Painting in 1992 at FBAUP (University of Fine Arts of Porto).
She has participated in several collective exhibitions and activities since 1988 in Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, and Canada. She also held several solo exhibitions in Portugal and has received awards and distinctions both in Portugal and abroad.
AlMa comes from a generation of artists that has chosen, facing a saturated visual world, the appropriation and recycling of several images from varied sources, for the last twenty to thirty years. However, her inclusion in this group is controversial, for instead of her usual concept of recycling references and historical quotations, which gives rise to a scattering of the meaning, here, her idea has been to reveal a restricted idiosyncratic orientation.
Alma wants us to be enraptured by this childhood world. Though at first sight, it appears to be a good imitation of the compulsory childish act of writing and painting on inappropriate surfaces, here, the author’s vandalism, which is only apparently innocent, goes even farther.
In this fluid, transparent and theatrical space, an interaction of mutual influence, either graphic or plastic, reveals itself – between the background pulsation (staging reality) and the overlapped drawings (paradigmatic of the childish imaginary). From this agitation an expressive strength of a nostalgic, metaphysical, and a kind of lost time atmosphere appears.
'By air mail' 2013 (99×99)cm
'Fetish' 2015 (120×80)cm
'DreamWorld' 2014 (100×135)cm
'Oldest Times' 2015 (99×99)cm
'Ring my Bell' ,2014 (110×110)cm
'Voodoo Child' 2015 (100×100)cm
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