CRISTINA ATAIDE – Viseu, 1951
Lives and works in Lisbon
Painted metal tube 300 cm x 700 cm
The artist works on themes and forms rooted in ancestral memories. The “merujona” is a wicker artefact used in the Algarve for fishing for both fish and seafood. It is beautiful, complex and stylised in shape, and was introduced into a region where river species such as shad and lamprey are caught, evoking the image of riverside populations along the Tagus and helping to promote dialogue across cultures. Yet by dramatically changing the scale of the object as well as the construction materials and the colours, the artist alters the functionality, and gives a contemporary feel to a traditional instrument. Memory transforms itself into life and the piece itself, just like a figure in a public park, develops the ability to reach out to childlike, popular and universal tastes.