Portfolio > Saudade

Saudade I
16" x 21"
2014
Saudade II
16" x 21"
2014
Saudade III
16" x 22"
2014
Saudade IV
16" x 21"
2014
Saudade V
16" x 21"
2014
Saudade VI
16" x 21"
2014
Saudade VII
13.5" x 18.5"
2014
Saudade VIII
16" x 21"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014
Saudade studies
6" x 6"
2014

Saudade is a Portuguese word that is used to describe an intense longing and deep melancholy that accompanies the absence of a person or time and place that is loved and irretrievably lost. I learned this word during a residency in Portugal, and it encompasses a kind of beauty as well as the sadness and ache of loss. The work in the series Saudade uses painted and embroidered found photos on canvas, framed in hand-dyed fabric sourced from antique French bed sheets, to try and reflect some of the nuance and complexity of the feelings the word Saudade describes.