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Exhibitions/

The Poacher/

The Poacher
Paula Rego
17 December 2015 to 24 April 2016

Opening 17th of December at 6pm.


Curator: Catarina Alfaro

 

In 1990 Paula Rego was invited to begin the project of residences for contemporary artists at the National Gallery in London. Her status as First National Gallery Associate Artist required the production of works that establish a direct relationship with this collection over a stay of eighteen months in a studio in the basement of the gallery.  She did not immediately accept this invitation.

"I was very scared and  a bit  daunted! But  to find  one's way anywhere one has to find one's  own door, just like Alice, you see. You take too much of one thing  and you get to big, then you  take too much of another and  you get too small. You've got to find your  own doorway  into things… and I thought the only way you can get into things is, so to speak, through the basement… which is exactly where my studio is! So I can creep upstairs and snatch at things, and bring them down with me to the basement, where I can munch away at them. And what I bring down here from upstairs  varies a lot, but I always bring  something back into my den. I am a sort of poacher here, really, that's what I am".

 

 

Caçadora FurtivaStudy for Crivelli's Garden (Visitation), 1990

 

In Paula Rego's work, this encounter, whether furtive or explicit, with the stories and images that tell them is never translated into an attempt to illustrate the word, the novel or the persistence of the cinematographic or theatrical images that have stood as her striking images.
In compiling fragments from paintings taken from here and there, Paula Rego takes stories and images from her memory that are associated with her deepest visual impressions, aided by new -  but temporally distant  - visual stimuli that bring that memory up to date. It is precisely from this confrontation with images from the past and their bringing up to date in her visual and narrative experience/memory that emerges this body of works conceived during and after this experience with the National Gallery collection.
The Poacher, in the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, particularly highlights a series of works by Paula Rego that are precisely the result of this encounter with museum collections or those that are created after an invitation for an exhibition in this museum context, without there necessarily being a relationship with the collections.
It is in this condition as a poacher that stalks its prey and draws back, to then be fused with it, that we should look at the works present in this exhibition.

In Paula Rego's work, this encounter, whether furtive or explicit, with the stories and images that tell them is never translated into an attempt to illustrate the word, the novel or the persistence of the cinematographic or theatrical images that have stood as her striking images.

In compiling fragments from paintings taken from here and there, Paula Rego takes stories and images from her memory that are associated with her deepest visual impressions, aided by new -  but temporally distant  - visual stimuli that bring that memory up to date. It is precisely from this confrontation with images from the past and their bringing up to date in her visual and narrative experience/memory that emerges this body of works conceived during and after this experience with the National Gallery collection.

The Poacher, in the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, particularly highlights a series of works by Paula Rego that are precisely the result of this encounter with museum collections or those that are created after an invitation for an exhibition in this museum context, without there necessarily being a relationship with the collections.

It is in this condition as a poacher that stalks its prey and draws back, to then be fused with it, that we should look at the works present in this exhibition.