“Penelope” Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea

"Penelope" Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea

Born in 1979, in São Paulo, Brazil, artist Tatiana Blass attained her undergraduate degree in Art from Universidade Estadual Paulista and quickly started her professional career as a painter and sculptor. In 2011 she had transformed Sao Paulo’s Morumbi’s Chapel with an unraveled red yarn. The 14-meter (45-foot) long red carpet extending from the chapel entrance to the main altar reaches the handloom equipped with foot pedal, thus giving the impression that the carpet weaving is underway. From there, its numerous ends go through the holes of the wattle-and-daub wall finally touching the ground of the museum garden. The installation is called Penelope, as the wife of Odysseus, who kept her suitors away pretending to be weaving a burial shroud for Odysseus’s elderly father Laertes and claiming that she will choose a suitor when she has finished. “The red yarn takes over the greenery of the museum garden, covering the lawn and climbing shrubs and trees. In this process, it creates an ambiguous movement of construction and de-construction, in a reference to the Greek myth of Penelope.”

 

The installation titled “Penelope” in a reference to the Greek myth of Penelope.

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"Penelope" Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea
“Penelope” by Tatiana Blass; Photo credits: Everton Ballardin

The 14-meter (45-foot) long red carpet extending from the chapel entrance to the main altar

"Penelope" Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea

The handloom equipped with foot pedal

"Penelope" Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea

Location: Sao Paulo’s Morumbi’s Chapel

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"Penelope" Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea

Unraveled ends going through the holes of the wattle-and-daub wall

"Penelope" Project by Tatiana Blass Transforms Museum Garden Into Red Sea

The final result – “The red yarn takes over the greenery of the museum garden, covering the lawn and climbing shrubs and trees.”

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