Performance; terracotta masks, acrylic, machine sewn and altered garments.
Namoradeiras are popular Brazilian souvenirs made of clay and modeled after the mixed race or black female figure. Their name translates loosely to “flirtatious”; they are busts that typically rest on windowsills looking out onto streets with blank, dream-like facial expressions (presumably waiting for a lover from within their domestic confinement). I wanted to experiment with the colonial and decorative connotations of the Namoradeira by physically embodying them in front of landscapes in Colorado. Through this performance, this body of work has begun to touch upon my interests in alienation, escapism, and Western “discovery” at the expense of the colonized body across time and continental borders.