Portugal - 1971
Portuguese, b. 1972
“I really believe that art exists in a context, so I don’t see [my sculptures] outside of the spaces where they exist,” says Leonor Antunes, who takes care to attune her site-specific, sculptural installations to their surroundings. Before she begins crafting her pieces, she researches the space into which they will be set. This involves looking into the history of its use and the people who designed and constructed it, as well as taking its measurements, and spending time in it, experiencing its effects on the mind and body. Working with materials like leather, brass, bamboo, and nylon thread, she then constructs elegant, understated sculptural forms, often incorporating geometric patterning and woven features. Within these works, Antunes interweaves references to lesser-known architects, artists, and designers, paying homage and giving them their due.