Joana VasconcelosÂ is a Portuguese artist known for her large-scale installations.Â She was born in Paris in 1971 and currently lives and works in Lisbon.Â Aside for her installations she has also created a series of wrapped animals blanketed with delicate patterns of handmade cotton crochet and lace.Â And as the artist says â€œare ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work.â€Â She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. In 2012 she was the first female artistÂ to have an exhibit at the Chateau de Versailles. On an interview with Wallpaper she says this about artists who influenced her: Â
Â â€œI am influenced by any artist that transforms my way of looking at the world. It doesnâ€™t matter if you like it or not, itâ€™s how it affects you and how it will rock your world. Thatâ€™s what artists do, they give you a perspective, by writing a book, singing a song, by dancing, they create a window so others can look at the world from a different angle. I really like Louise Bourgeois, yes, but then I also like someone that Iâ€™d never heard of in Mexico. David Bowie changed my world, but not all music by David Bowie. If I could send a piece of music to the moon it would beÂ Heroes. David was quite right; you can be a hero, even if itâ€™s just for one day.â€
More of her work can be viewed here on her website.
Images: Courtesy of Joana Vasconcelos