small cut-out drawings made of wax
february 23th 12.00-16.00.
In general my work deals with the fragility of the body and the vulnerability
Braga's wax sculpture evokes a range of associations. Braga works with
the mouldings of familiar forms, with words even. The installation amanates
a sense of quiet, the lines forming linear, almost static patterns.
The rectangular shape of the image turns it into a charnel field, harboring the remains of the faceless dead. The sheet of glass suspended above a section of the installation looks like a tombstone. The clouded sky hanging over the work, which is reflected in the glass sheet, functions as a third layer. Top and bottom are related, for the same forms recur repeatedly, often in mirror image. Are we dealing with the symbolism of upper- and underworld, the here-and-now and the hereafter? It is characteristic of Braga's work, which always servers to explore the theme of layeredness. He carves into paper to expose its underlying layers; he spreads wax and plaster ontowalls, sticking hairs into them. This skin-like approach gives his work a physical quality.
Everything in this wax sculpture refers to love, sexuality, illness, suffering, death, and religon. There even appears to be an explicity named person involved: Yours Ricardo, it says, in carved out, negative letters, as if the person in question has evaporated. More names pop up in the installation, names of deceased friends, lovers, and acquaintances.
is a contemporary memento mori, a frozen homage to the artist's dead
friends, an allegory on the vulnerability of human life. As if Braga
pierces through the futility of fashion and lifestyles, the facade of
imaginary security, liquid as wax.