Tonico Lemos Auad

Tonico Lemos Auad

Brazilian
b. 1968
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Overview

Tonico Lemos Auad’s varied practice investigates materiality, sensuality, process and how people negotiate the space around them.

Tonico Lemos Auad’s varied practice investigates materiality, sensuality, process and how people negotiate the space around them.

Tonico Lemos Auad was born in 1968 in Belém, Brazil. He now lives and works in London, UK.

Auad explores physical manifestations of belief, specifically looking at the personal or cultural significance afforded objects in everyday life. Often encompassing notions of architecture and landscape, Auad’s unique way of working subverts traditional techniques associated with craft such as embroidery, woodcarving and stonemasonry.

In recent years, different modes of textile production such as knitting, crochet, needle work and weaving have featured in Auad’s practice. George Vasey, Curator at Wellcome Collection, London, writes that Auad demonstrates an "emotional acuity with his use of colour and material... While his work is often laboriously constructed, there is a refreshing simplicity in the way it looks, reminding us of the potential of the human hand." His textiles are defined by the process of their making, slowly revealing each individual stitch, crocheted loop and interwoven thread. 

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Tonico Lemos Auad

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