“My current research started with the necessity of dealing with new materials. This search resulted in extensive work with fabrics, different types of threads, leathers, textures, and colors. As a result, the finished operas have pointed to questions that cross the feminine world and their tensions.”
Mixed media Brazilian artist, Leila Bokel lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. She began her career as a painter until a point in her research when she began exploring and experimenting with other forms of expressions, leading to her current practice which deals with a variety of material. Bokel held her first exhibition in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro and has since been actively showing work around Brazil, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Dortmund, Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Santa Ursula University and took fine art courses at Visual Arts School of Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro.
Bokel’s fabric works follow closely a feminist tradition of artists like Eva Hesse or Sheila Hicks. Using cloth, a material stereotypically associated with women and household activities, the artist creates sculptures which not only curve our association to fabric as unimportant or inexpensive but as a metaphor the works allude to a discourse on the role of the female artist and the broader position of women in modern society.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist