11. Performance: Walking on Flowers


-Full Blown - Installation/Performance
-400 x 400 cm
-65 kilograms of hand-crafted wax flowers which amounts the artist's body weight

                  




















































































In 2004, multidisciplinary visual artist Célio Braga (1965, Guimarânia, Brazil) was invited to participate to the group exhibition Loss curated by Marjan Boot for the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam-SMBA. For this occasion, he created FULL BLOWN, a three part installation the central work which consisted in a 4 x 4 meters floor piece made of hand-crafted wax-flowers.
This delicate shroud amounted to 65 kilograms, the artist's weight, and partly lent its metaphoric power to the Christian association of wax with notions of purity and redemption. Whereas, because of its origins from chaste bees, wax was historically regarded as pure material, symbolic of the sacrificed Corpus Christi, the fragility of the material and the flower motif used by Braga referred to death ritual and more generally to the evanescence of human life.






Representative of Braga's creative  endeavour aimed at tackling the relation between body, memory, illness and death through a practice merging traditional crafts and high art standards, FULL BLOWN's central piece kept on being an important point of reference in his work. Since then, Braga has kept on using wax for its strong symbolic associations and came to understand more fully its potential for transformation -an important aspect of the conceptual frame of FULL BLOWN with its notions of transfiguration, passage and, ultemately, salvation.
Being a metaphor for the body of the artist itself, FULL BLOWN central piece seemed to invite Braga to mirror his own physical becoming. From being a fixed structure -an installation-FULL Blown had to reveal the potential for change of its primary material -just as the artist's body succumbs to the process of aging. FULL BLOWN central piece has to become the site of a one-time performance during which the artist's body merges with that of the shroud, breaking the wax-flowers with its weight and movements, enacting the very process of destruction and change that 
undergoes the artists' body.





Both the body of the artist and that of its surrogate will interact in a ritual of mutual mortification -the flowers breaking and Braga's skin coming to bear the marks of their incision.

13. Bursting with Emotion


... another time, kissing my hand; still another time, bursting with emotion, I wanted to swallow myself by opening my mouth very wide and turning it over my head so that it would take in my whole body, and then the Universe, until all that would remain of me would be a ball of eaten thing which little by little would be annihilated: that is how I see the end of the world. Divine offered herself to the night in order to be devoured by it tenderly and never again spewed forth. She is hungry.

... from Jean Genet "Our Lady of the Flowers" 


Deliriously, 2010-oil, gouache, cuts and fragments of photography on paper, 50 cm x 65 cm


The Shinning Moon, the Dead Oak Tree, Nights like this Appeal to me, 2010-oil, glitter, gouache and fragments of photography on paper, 70 cm x 45 cm


For the Sake of Happiness and Pleasure, 2010-oil, gouache, glitter and fragments of photography on paper, 24 cm x 35 cm


ANTHONY (deliriously):
"o joy! O bliss! I have beheld the birth of life! I have seen the beginning of motion! My pulses throb even to the point of bursting! I long to fly, to swim, to bark, to bellow, to howl! Would that I had wings, a carapace, a shell, -that I could breathe out smoke, wield a trunk, -make my body writhe, -divide myself everywhere, -be in everything, -emanate with odors, -develop myself like plants, -flow like water, -vibrate like sound--shine like light,squatting upon all forms--penetrate each atom--descend to the very bottom of matter, -be matter itself!"
(Day at last appears; -and, like tabernacle curtains uplifted, clouds of gold uprolling in broad volutes unveil the sky)

...from Gustave Flaubert "The Tempttion of Saint Anthony"



* all the photographs have been taken by Cris Bierrenbach

02. Skin




Untitled, 2006/2008, cuts and ink on C.print


Untitled, 2010-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on paper - 165 cm x 130 cm



Untitled, 2008-cuts and pigment on C. print, 25 cm x 32 cm


Untitled, cuts and pigments on C. print, 30 cm x45 cm


Full Blown, 2004/2005, cuts and pigment on C. print, 35 cm x 45 cm


Untitled-2009-cuts and fragments of photography on paper, 32 cm x 45 cm


Untitled, 2009-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on paper, 30 cm x 45 cm




Untitled, 2009-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on paper, 30 cm x 45 cm 


Untitled, 2009-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on paper, 30 cm x 45 cm


Untitled, 2010-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on paper, 30 cm x 45 cm


Untitled, 2010-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on paper, 30 cm x 45 cm


Untitled, 2010-cuts, perforations and fragments of photography on C. print, 30 cm x 45 cm


Anthony, 2007, perforations and pigment on C. print,  45 cm x 55 cm


Untitled, 2010-cuts, inlays and pigment on C. print, 30 cm x 45 cm


Untitled, 2010-cuts, inlays and pigment on C. print, 30 cm x 45 cm


Untitled, 2015, perforations on C. print, 40 cm x 30 cm

Reflower, 2006, pigment and perforations on C. print, 30 cm x 45 cm

Untitled, 2008, cuts on C.print, 30 cm x 40 cm

Untitled, 20015, perforations on C.print, 30 cm x 40 cm

Untitled, 2015, perforation on paper and on C.print, 50cm x 30 cm