Verde Linho
Filipa Tojal — 2021
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Pigments on traditional handcrafted linen
Portuguese Sycomore Wood Frame
10 1/5 × 12 2/5 × 1 in
26 × 31.5 × 2.5 cm

Since her experience in Japan, Filipa has been fascinated by pigments and the cooking performance of the painting process. For that, she hasn't been using paint tubes, preferring, instead, the slowly and dedicated method of grinding, mixing, blending, and findings the textures and irregularities that she so appreciates in her final works.

Culturally significant, most of these paintings are made using hand-woven textiles that, from plant fibers, talk about Portuguese soil, its true origin. "Verde-linho" is fulfilled with the energy of floating water, and immersion. The weave and substance of the linen are so strong that you can almost feel the whole cycle of the material - its plantation, harvesting, weaving...

Layers and layers of soft watery colors bring together an unpredictable and self-isolated image of what can be soil, sky, or water. It is natural for the artist to walk around and to collect – to bring home some objects, being them stones, leaves, twigs, moss:

"As they are placed in a minimal studio next to the pigments, mixing them up came naturally. Without reducing them to powder, they appear in the linen as a surprise but not unexpected. They belong to those tones - to that reality - and its appearance just comes as a confirmation that we are indeed facing a landscape and a personal experience of nature."
year
2021
dimensions
31,5x26cm
media
Painting
sku
FT2021VL
Filipa Tojal
"I try to explore what is beyond the limit of a painting, trying to retrieve to the observer and myself the long-lost need for earth and soil, embracing touches, rustles, or virtues of nature."
Verde Linho
Filipa Tojal — 2021
31,5x26cm
Painting
sku — FT2021VL
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