Solange Pessoa


Born 1961 in Ferros (Brazil), lives and works in Belo Horizonte (Brazil).

Solange Pessoa is from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, high place of the colonial baroque now an industrial force ‘thanks’ to its activities of iron extraction. The natural world, a core part of her prolific œuvre, is found both in the subjects represented and in the creative process, especially with materials found on her family farm. Organic matter (earth, moss, leather, wax, feathers, hair, blood, fat…) becomes a medium whose natural evolution transforms the works they compose – full of life, they grow, and sometimes fall, dying to the rhythm of the human, animal, and plant kingdoms.

Her work suggests temporal collapse, between the present and a distant past, having in common the release of primal energies. For Solange Pessoa, each material phenomenon has a form of agency, in an animist reading of the world. Her soapstone sculptures summon ancestral forms (spirals, fossils) or corporeal interiors (uteruses, entrails). They communicate with the monumental installation Catedral (1990-2003). Both suspended and anchored in the ground, it evokes ghostly horses, distant memories of colonisation.

Solange Pessoa is represented by the galleries Mendes Wood DM (Brussels/New York/São Paulo) and Blum & Poe (Los Angeles).