Works arising from stories or stories resulting works. Narratives are a form of drawing that uses as support the imagined time and displays on the lived time, a testimony or a scene that proves that story.
Afinidades eletivas, as with A Bela e a Fera, is a spiritual contribution to the idea of creative continuity among the forms, as well as an explanation or test of forms that wish to become a single body because they have originally derive from a common ‘generation’, the teeth growing in one mouth. The piece required a particular architecture and defined forms that could masticate, like a tooth growing inside the body or the form resulting from the cast of the hollow interior of the mouth.
Gigantic walking canes balance horizontally on a large portico of galvanized iron. Oversized aluminum teeth and long silk curtains are arranged, attached to the canes by hooks and clamps. On each of the four sides of the area occupied by the work, there is placed a mondrongo, tethered to the set by an aluminum chain. These mondrongos share their core generation and the superficial relations between cavities and eruptions in common with the mondrongos from the work A prole do bebê. The human teeth take the place of bottles and goblets. The volume of these mondrongos is equivalent to the hollow mouth of those huge hanging teeth. Cavities and eruptions are respectively formed by the stamping and the pulling of the teeth on and from the fleshy aluminum surface.
These inanimate sculptures, with their matt aluminum luster, seem fragile, young creatures and, when regarded as two pairs, may be seen to behave as the quartet in Goethe’s romantic novel Elective Affinities; they might be tempted, or they might resist, the charm of exchanging partners.
A small white powder mountain lies inside the portal. Perhaps it is characteristic of zinc, perhaps of calcium, perhaps of the veil and the skin. Indeed, the white powder mountain hides a complete set of milk teeth waiting to be discovered. This is the same recurrent dream as the walk on the shore in search of your own remains that become mingled with the sand.
In São Paulo, four girls and the musician Robertinho Freitas performed. The room was full. Many of the spectators had come to the city for the opening of the Biennial. On the same occasion, a miniature, portable version of Afinidades eletivas was exhibited, a small figurine or Joia made of silver alloy. Its jewelry-like quality harmonizes with the large sculpture.