Recurrent themes in Esther’s work are sensuousness and ambiguity. Her sculptures artfully manipulate and play tricks with the materials from which they are made. They behave in ways that are both expected – flowing, melting, and rolling – but also unexpectedly – bouncing, flipping, employing decorative effects, combining odors, and subverting perception. In “Verão,” the sculptures provoke associations with mythical creatures, fast food, and marionettes, yet without confining themselves to a single representation. Like images from childhood memories or dreams, they operate on multiple levels, amalgamating unrelated elements and celebrating unconventional connections in delightfully unexpected ways.
These hybrid entities now expand within the space, floating above the athletic green tiles and interacting with the interior forms and unique lighting of the gallery. The sculptures, being translucent and sleek, integrate alterations in light and the movement of visitors as part of their myriad visual effects.
The sculptures are comprised of bioplastics combined with elements such as seaweed, paprika, sugar, eggshells, flowers, goldenrod, glitter, silk, and willow.
Technical assistance was provided by Claudia Palcova and the Materiability Research Group.