An image of Sonambulinos

Ernesto Neto

(Brazil 1964 – )

Sonambulinos

Other titles:
Brother and sister
Location
Not on display
Further information

Neto is amongst a group of artists who emerged in the 1990s in Brazil. Influenced by Brazilian Neo-concretism his work is strongly attached to the body and the senses and although mainly abstract in form, the sculptures have organic qualities.

These two large, voluptuous 'Sonambulinos', which is Portuguese for ‘little sleepwalkers’ are part of the artist’s series of ‘ovaloids’ which are a group of soft sculptures that invite the viewer to hug and interact with them. This is a pair of sacks tied at the top by what could only be an umbilical cord except for the belly-button holes in their anatomy. The cord ties them together as mother and child or as brothers. Although abstract in their essence, their almost bodily shapes and the lycra they are made from are very appealing to the senses and make them seem like they would move when no body’s watching. (EF)

Year
1999
Media
Sculpture
Medium
Lycra tulle, polystyrene
Dimensions
110.0 x 130.0 x 70.0 cm overall approx.
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2001
Accession number
333.2001
Copyright
© Ernesto Neto