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artist statement - tradigital art

Tradigital series: tradigital art prints created by Brazilian-Irish visual artist P Gurgel-Segrillo

In my native Brazil, in London and San Francisco, I have trained and worked in a diverse range of disciplines, through oil painting, silk-screen printing, film animation, hat design, gemmology, ergonomics, interior accessories and jewellery design and manufacture.

I have developed weaving techniques in silver and gold that I have been using to create unique pieces throughout 25 years of jewellery-making.

The interlaced silver and gold ribbon hint of the social fabric of Rio de Janeiro State, where I grew up. A place where strands of wealth and poverty, ethics and violence, culture and corruption are constantly intertwining.

My jewellery work have been exhibited and sold in galleries in London, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Brazil, and the USA.

Parallel to the jewellery-making, I have produced two work series of contemporary sculptures and sculptural lighting pieces designed and made in collaboration with wood artist Garvan McGrane and inspired by the elements water and air. Our common interest lies in re-assessing materials, with a true open mind. Reclaimed and re-used materials are the focus of the sculptures series and their inherent qualities are brought out in every piece.

In 2004 I completed a MA Degree in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, where I lived for 8 years and established my design-craft-art practice.

Design - Craft - Art : I try to blur their boundaries... good thought and good design that should go into the piece, the hand-crafted aspect and the skill which it requires as well as my artistic expression- all three are as important to me.

Since 2011 I have been exploring figurative pencil drawings and fine art prints. I am currently based in Cork City, Ireland.

My interests lie on figurative explorations on cross-cultural identity and womanhood.

The bizarre and the idiosyncratic, the beautiful and harmonious are present in every day life- I strive to uncover them in an attempt to provoke, disturb, inspire and prompt reflection on our communality as one human race.

Furthermore my drawings have been influenced by the afro-Brazilian orixas. They are deities or divinities and a great part of Brazilian culture. My representations portray them as ancient (or maybe futuristic?) heroes and sages, inhabitants of the urban landscapes, full of magic and power.

The Tradigital art series #1 was influenced by the great photojournalism masters and their humanity and by the Film Noir directors with their gloomy grays and blacks and whites, with their dark and inhumane side of human nature, emphasizing the brutal, unhealthy, shadowy and dark side of the human experience.

And it was inspired by Cordel Literature: the popular and inexpensively printed booklets containing short stories, poems and songs, which are produced and sold by street vendors mainly in the Northeast of Brazil, where my mother is from.

They came from the “papel volante” tradition of Portugal and are usually produced in black and white and illustrated with woodcuts.

The cordeis talk about popular day-to-day life concerns and offer a direct insight of the true living conditions of the population and the rituals, superstitions and behaviors adopted in order to cope with life’s trials and tribulations.

Tradigital art series #1 - original pencil on paper drawings worked digitally and printed as archival quality fine art prints on Hahnemuhle 100% Rag based paper, with pigment inks. Signed and numbered in limited editions.

I am thankful for the support of the New Irish Art Project and for the assistance of the Cork City Enterprise Office.











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