Maiolino works in various mediums including drawing, printmaking, poetry, film, performance, installation, and sculpture. In her artistic practice, seemingly simple, primal gestures, such as drawing erratic lines or forming balls of clay, become complex and articulated meditations on the power of actions. Her artworks are organic and poetic, masterfully delving into the acts of creation and destruction to reveal elements of intimacy and domesticity.
Por um fio (By a Thread) presents a wide range of the artist’s works from 1972 to the present, including a specially commissioned large-scale work from her acclaimed series Terra Modelada. Taking its title from a photographic work from 1976 that depicts the artist, her mother, and her daughter literally joined by a thread, the exhibition highlights both formal and conceptual notions of interconnectedness in a deliberate attempt to emphasize humanity, empathy, nourishment, and deprivation as integral elements of her practice.
The exhibition is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2020, the university’s annual program of exhibitions, lectures, and performances held Feb. 18–20 at locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.