MA Art and Science – Central St Martins, 2022
Joana Viveiros is an interdisciplinary artist with a research-based practice focusing on psychoanalysis and ethnography. The work mostly wanders between sculpture, video, textile and analogue photography, as well as, transformation and decontextualization of a wide-ranging of materials, allowing the viewer to question the creative possibilities of even the most ordinary materials.
Viveiros was born in Madeira Island, in 1996, where she lived the first 18 years of her life. Growing surrounded by the island crafts, culture, traditions and specific geographical features, proved to be decisive for her artistic practice: the artist explores intimate themes as family and their relationships, behaviours and influence that they had over the artist. She also works around childhood memories and her own place in the world as islander and women. Even though not exclusively, she also finds the site-specific component very relevant to define her work, since, by her own definition, places and sites gather memories and information that only an artist is able to decodify and translate in an understandable and relatable way to be perceived by the viewer. At the moment Viveiros has an on-going project about salt where she tries to understand her attraction to this mineral by studying the characteristics and creative possibilities that salt has in her practice.
In 2018, she completed her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts - Sculpture, from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal. In 2022 Viveiros will graduate from a Master in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins.
"I want my work to teach the viewer to look closely to the things around us, proving that inspiration can born out of the most ordinary materials, objects or stories. My work is very focused on the under looked side of things and I would love to public to see the beauty in that."