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Sculpture for the body: Maria José Oliveira

Arts & Humanities Open Access Journal
Isabel Ribeiro DE Albuquerque

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With this paper we intend to analyze a set of works by Maria José Oliveira that stand between the borders of Sculpture and Jewelry. Looking at the scale and the pieces, both assume a body to use them but being able to be autonomous. We prefer the designation “Sculpture for the body”. They are mixed pieces, which play with our concept of interior versus exterior and presence versus absence of the body, getting into the path of the absurd. They are versatile objects that mold to the body, dressing and reconfiguring it.


sculpture/jewelry, body, interior/exterior, presence/absence, the absurd