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Cristina Rodrigues is a Portuguese creator with an important history of exhibitions in national and international art centres, who has developed absolutely personal works of art that go beyond the prevailing fashions. In her aesthetics, one can observe both an expansion of the pictorial, as well as the intense work of generating installations, as demonstrated by the extraordinary piece The Kingdom of Heaven (2017). Cristina Rodrigues goes beyond the 'heroic gestualism', planning her pictorial processes, weaving and arranging the materials with extraordinary care, waiting for the spectator to enter a contemplative time. To a certain extent, this artist tries to sew the fragments of the world, generating a cordial space and, of course, appealing not only to intelligence but also to passion.
This visit guided by the artist at the Manchester Cathedral enables the viewer to contemplate part of the collection titled The Kingdom of Heaven (2017), composed by four different series of embroidered works. During the visit, the different symbolic reasons and artistic procedures that this creator develops will be explained.
In a certain sense, her works are dream-like projections, as can be seen in her beautiful series Garden of Eden (2017) that seems to allegorize a return to the paradisiacal scenario but without the shadow of sin, with the splendour of the colours that seduce us. The works of Cristina Rodrigues exhibit and veil the mystery of beauty, which try to recover aesthetic pleasure and give an account of the deep passion that arises from the act of looking. It is the woven body in all of Cristina Rodrigues’ works that challenges and seduces us, that cordial fabric that invites us to sit and enter into poetic contemplation.