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Ana Maria Lopes
Contemporary Crafts MA MFA

University for the Creative Arts Farnham

Specialisms: Ceramics / Contemporary Craft / Sculpture

Location: Reading, United Kingdom

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Ana Maria Lopes

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First Name: Ana Maria

Last Name: Lopes

Specialisms: Ceramics / Contemporary Craft / Sculpture

Sectors: Fine Art/Photography/Craft / Fine Art/Photography/Craft

My Location: Reading, United Kingdom

University / College: University for the Creative Arts Farnham

Course / Program Title: Contemporary Crafts MA MFA

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Ana Maria Lopes makes ceramic objects that represent an emotional response to the memory of the place where she grew up in rural Brazil – which she describes as her ‘soul home’. Having moved away, the evocative power of the tactile experiences and memories, are triggered by the touch and smell of the soil from her family’s farm. It is a point of contact, a way of reducing the physical distance. She uses samples of the earth from the farm to colour the objects she makes. The abstract forms’ surfaces present an interplay between rough and smooth and allude to ‘here’ and ‘there’, tangible and intangible things.

These ceramic objects are a response to the memory of the place where I grew up in rural Brazil, which I describe as my ‘soul’s home’. As I’ve moved away, the evocative power of the tactile experiences and memories are triggered by the touch and smell of the soils from my family’s farm used to colour the objects I make. It is a point of contact, a way of reducing the physical distance. The abstract forms’ surfaces present an interplay between rough and smooth and allude to the colours of the land.