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Ceramics by Alessandra Romani, feat. Alexandre Esgaio

Illustration by Alexandre Esgaio

Hokuzai Revisited
I immediately accepted the invitation. I love challenges! 
Panic came later.
Used to working on flat surfaces, this sculptural piece is something new for me and at first I was blocked without knowing how to approach this three-dimensional object. Easy! Without thinking too much but above all, leaving fear behind. I asked for help from one of my favorite artists and, taking his seminal work, the "Great Wave of Kanagawa" by master Hokusai, I unlocked my creative process.

But I didn't want a simple copy of that wave for the piece. So, in order to make it more personal and contemporary, I decided to fill it with Tags and Graffiti that I find daily during my walks through the streets of Lisbon.


That's how my intervention on Alessandra's play. I found it fascinating to work on a new support, both for its texture and for its shape and dimension.
I look forward to new challenges in this area.

Artist Statement (Alexandre Esgaio):
I was born in Nazaré. I like comics, rock and the sea.
This type of writing and drawing that fills the walls of big cities has always fascinated me. They make urban spaces vibrate and communicate.

About this collection:
In this collection, I invited some artists that I admire to draw over my ceramic pieces.
It all started during the first lockdown. One day, my friend Chris, who lives next door, saw through my studio window, some of my shelves, full of repeated pieces, and asked me: “can I paint one of these? ”
These repeated pieces are tests, carried out during the execution of the work “Jarra Viva” for Calouste Gulbenkian museum store in Lisbon in 2017.
Like any test, they are wasteful because of the small defects in the glaze, thickness, finish, etc.
But Chris' approach made me think "why not? Why not extend to other artists?"
This experience was very enriching. It was interesting to observe how other artists look at my work, what they feel, what moves them, what story they want to tell over this ceramic shape.
Different personalities, different life experiences, different emotions. Thus the “Second Skin” collection was born. Each piece gains a new skin by the hand of each artist.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
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Alessandra Romani

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Sculpture, Ceramic on Ceramic

Size: 3.7 W x 9.3 H x 3.2 D in

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Ceramics by Alessandra Romani, feat. Alexandre Esgaio Illustration by Alexandre Esgaio Hokuzai Revisited I immediately accepted the invitation. I love challenges! Panic came later. Used to working on flat surfaces, this sculptural piece is something new for me and at first I was blocked without knowing how to approach this three-dimensional object. Easy! Without thinking too much but above all, leaving fear behind. I asked for help from one of my favorite artists and, taking his seminal work, the "Great Wave of Kanagawa" by master Hokusai, I unlocked my creative process. But I didn't want a simple copy of that wave for the piece. So, in order to make it more personal and contemporary, I decided to fill it with Tags and Graffiti that I find daily during my walks through the streets of Lisbon. That's how my intervention on Alessandra's play. I found it fascinating to work on a new support, both for its texture and for its shape and dimension. I look forward to new challenges in this area. Artist Statement (Alexandre Esgaio): I was born in Nazaré. I like comics, rock and the sea. This type of writing and drawing that fills the walls of big cities has always fascinated me. They make urban spaces vibrate and communicate. About this collection: In this collection, I invited some artists that I admire to draw over my ceramic pieces. It all started during the first lockdown. One day, my friend Chris, who lives next door, saw through my studio window, some of my shelves, full of repeated pieces, and asked me: “can I paint one of these? ” These repeated pieces are tests, carried out during the execution of the work “Jarra Viva” for Calouste Gulbenkian museum store in Lisbon in 2017. Like any test, they are wasteful because of the small defects in the glaze, thickness, finish, etc. But Chris' approach made me think "why not? Why not extend to other artists?" This experience was very enriching. It was interesting to observe how other artists look at my work, what they feel, what moves them, what story they want to tell over this ceramic shape. Different personalities, different life experiences, different emotions. Thus the “Second Skin” collection was born. Each piece gains a new skin by the hand of each artist. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

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Size:3.7 W x 9.3 H x 3.2 D in

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Master’s degree in Interior Design, discovered the passion for ceramics in the early 2000s. In 2002 divided in ceramic studies and practice. In 2015, founded the Inspired by Arts project. In this project Alessandra allies her ceramic world to modern art still-life paintings. "My work can be defined as being inspired by modernist paintings I love. Behind each piece, there is my interpretation of an object, once represented in canvas, to which I try to give a new meaning, in a contemporary context, making it part of our daily lives."

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