Artist | Poet | Researcher
My artistic proposal explores sculpture and literature. Despite being different expressions, I put them in confrontation and in dialogue. I build narratives where text is not always required or legible and where shapes and objects are metaphors of bodies in relation to each other. But since we are all misunderstood and mismatched, all conversations and situations are incomplete, inaccessible, and hazy. This terrain is conceived as fertile, marshy, and ductile to explore [i]materiality, [in]visibility and emptiness.
In the atomization of time, I underline the importance of stories imprinted and expressed in different media such as sculpture, installation, and artist books. Therefore, I propose poetical objects explored as matter and as narrative, which means a flow of bodies, objects, and words.
These sculptural images begin with the desire to share a tacit story where disappearance, insufficiency and the ephemeral define them. As a creative gesture, I propose an “Epoché” where fragile objects are generated through the procedures of creative restraint, such as erasure to achieve illegibility, invisibility, and inaccessibility. The poetical and sensorial objects produced are the remains of these processes.
Born in Viseu in 1990, Filipa Cruz lives and works between Portugal and France. Has a Doctor’s Degree Unanimously Approved with Distinction with the Thesis Everything I would like to tell you: The undefinition, illegibility, invisibility, and language’s insufficiency in the artistic practice (Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto); a Masters in Fine Arts Approved with Distinction (École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux-Arts de Paris); a Post-graduation in Aesthetics (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne); a Higher Degree in Fine Arts-Sculpture (Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto); and a Higher Degree in Fine Arts-Multimedia (Beaux-Arts de Paris).
Filipa is an artist, researcher, and professor. Since 2012, has held individual and collective exhibitions and participated in numerous international conferences as Speaker. Filipa relates sculpture, installation and literature in a sculptural image that is both eternal and ephemeral.
Won several grants such as Direção-Geral das Artes (DGARTES) Grant - Artistic creation, Guest Scientist Grant – Arts (UMA University of Madeira / FCT), Creation’s Grant (Câmara Municipal do Funchal); Literary and Artistic Creation’s Grant (Azorean Government), Fine Arts-Sculpture Artistic Creation’s Grant (Azorean Government), Multimedia and Audiovisual Artistic Creation’s Grant (Azorean Government), Creation Grant from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris; Research Grant Medeiros e Almeida Foundation.
Filipa is an Integrated Researcher in i2ADS – Research Institute of Art, Design and Society and is a Professor in Paris College of Art (Paris), and in Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto (Porto).