Claudia Bakker

"When I observe Claudia Bakker's drawings I remember, above all, Helio Oiticica's thought in the simplicity and economical way of appropriating itself of a few elements such as colour, stemmed from the popular culture obtained in Mangueira shanty town. If, formally, Claudia Bakker's drawings reminds us of the minimalist drawings by Mira Schendel and Eva Hesse (I also could not point out Anna Maria Maiolino's drawings), the organic line that distributes the drawing on the immaculate space of the fabric (cloth), emphasizes even more the meaning or the choice (choosing or picking) of colours. Hélio reveled in using multi colour fabric (cloth), especially red, pink and green, colours that are abundantly present in the homes and clothes of the citizens of the shanty-towns. The sensorial experience of Helio's work, particularly in the bilaterals, the bolidesand the penetrable, was due to the contact through colour. This also happens in Claudia's work due to the fact that she intensifies the spectators look by guiding them through coloured lines that sometimes mix, sometimes separate, only after to find themselves in infinitude. Claudia’s work originates from common art heritage. In her case, she begins locally, from Helio to Pape, teaming up with the global, Eva Hesse and Juddy Chicago, to (re)construct another story, conjured up by the memories that spectators may have and add to the work. However, there is something autobiographical in these drawings precariously made with lines on top of pieces of cloth (fabric). I would say they are an effort in the sense of interrupting the amnesia of female, maternal life experience. Her drawings don’t imprison the line of drawing but takes out the form from the composition when adding chance to, finally, construct a hybrid between drawing and painting. The "hot" colours emit a light and a vibration that confuse itself in space. The artist’s fascination with colour shows that she isn't interested in the pictorial representation, but in the "peel of the drawing " , or in the spirituality that flows from these images that evoke the physical effort of her reality."
Paulo Reis, Lisboa / 2008
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