Solo exhibition of drawings in space with mirrors, sheet metals and found objects, sourced from around Maus Hábitos and local construction sites. Organic and inert materials rested one upon the other and used all facets of the space, from window frames to overhead beams, to find temporary support and balance. The audience was invited to move through the space and observe shifting compositions, whilst the space itself resonated through a responsive sonic intervention. Following experiments in ‘close listening’ to the textures and internal resonances of the installation, and explorations into how these objects can become instruments, Nichols staged two performances in collaboration with musician Angelo Moustapha.
In Claire Nichols’ artistic residency at Maus Hábitos - Espaço de Intervenção Cultural, the artist continues the development of her series entitled Variations, which she began in 2017. Her artistic praxis is based on the notion of abandoning the construction of a work as a finished and immutable product. Instead, in each exhibition she creates a web of relationships between found materials and objects, drawings, memories, sound and video, in order to present a three dimensional composition in a given space, in what can be called “constructed dispositions”. These compositions are the result of the variations obtained in each of the artist residencies she has undertaken, of the different geographical, social and cultural contexts, of the multiple collaborations, learnings, surprises and errors. Different layers that overlap, irregular in their thickness, transparency or opacity.
More important than the result is the process, which never relinquishes the relationship with the Other. The objects and materials are presented as sensitive triggers that bring us face to face with affects and percepts. And the performance, with the artist as its inhabitant, now in the company of musician Angelo Moustapha, invites us to enter into this “constructed disposition” and dialogue device.
Film by Pedro Lopes