In an ongoing sequence by Joana Vasconcelos, the Portuguese artist has been wrapping different animals—wasps, lizards, snakes, crabs, lobsters, frogs, bull-heads, donkey heads, horse heads, wolves and even cats—in 5-needle lace, handmade cotton crochet. Nevertheless these aren’t any earlier animals. Vasconcelos has appropriated the ceramic artwork work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), in all probability probably the most renowned Portuguese artists of the nineteenth century.
Each of the gadgets “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-pores and pores and skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos. Instantly every pretty and weird, the work stands as a testament to the extraordinary craftsmanship of the artist however as well as as a one-upmanship of maternal femininity and domesticity. Utilizing crochet to mummify the ceramic animals “opens up a vast and rich topic of interpretation” that challenges our preconceptions of femininity, along with our notions of customized and modernity. (by way of Trendland, Ghost inside the Machine)