Joana Rosa Bragança, a Portugese artist, talks about cats, figs and a timeless universe.



Part 01.




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Morning ...
Light


Noon ...  
Tea


Night ...
Dream



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Perfect happiness ... 
Walking in nature with good company


Preposterous ...
Neoliberalism


Fear ...
Mantis religiosa


Love ... 
My barbuças


Extravagance... 
Renumerated work


Comedy...
General politics


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Work ...
Net


Our time ...
Artificial


The future ... 
Unknown


The past...
Recollection


Part 02.




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Most interesting thing in your wallet...





In another life, you’d be …
A cat


Your lucky charm ...
A pink scallop shell I found when I was little


Words to live by ...
Do what you believe in and believe in what you do.


Prized possession ...
A beautiful book: The Moon is Down, a gift from my beloved


One wish ...
A backyard vegetable garden with fig trees


Your most marked characteristic ...
Smiling a lot, talking just a little

A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
Old and new friends

Favorite shoes ...
Sandals


  
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Favorite store ...
Fruit marketplace 


Favorite friend ...
Mother


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Favorite place ...
An island near my town, before and after summer


  
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Favorite color ...
Old rose.



Le Petit Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery — 2014


Favorite book ...
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino


Favorite website ...

Theplantlist.org



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A favorite photo that you've taken ...
I really like double exposures and chose this one because it is especially dreamy - a fusion between the mirror-like water at Fuzeta’s beach and the sea foam I had at my feet. Looking at it brings me back to that place and makes me recall sounds and smells.



Olhão, Algarve, Portugal, Artur Pastor — 1950


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...
This photo was taken by Artur Pastor, a Portuguese photographer born in 1922, who collected wonderful images from all over the country. This one’s special to me because it shows the roof terraces of the cubist white houses of Olhão like they were back in the day. A poignant reminder of an architectonic trend which was unfortunately discontinued following some decades of greedy politicians and self-destructive “urban plans”.   


Part 03.



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You live in a fishing village in Portugal. How has that informed your work ...

I like the mood of my town, the good temperature and food. I find the surroundings, people and animals very picturesque, genuine and inspiring. The sea, marine fauna and bathers are very present in my drawings. I also love to photograph the interesting and beautiful places nearby.


You have a recipe for a “timeless universe.” What is it, and what is a “timeless universe?” ...

It’s the imaginary place where my characters live, where there’s no concrete space or time and in which I like to immerse when I’m creating them.




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You like to work in your backyard. Talk about this ...

When the weather is good it’s the best place to be, especially if I’m drawing plants or cats (I can look at real models!). There I can also have natural light and hear the birds sing.


You work in a variety of mediums. Do you have a favorite ...

My favorite medium is watercolor, I really enjoy the soft tones. It is a very delicate and transparent technique, so every gesture can be perceived.

       
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What camera(s) do you use ...

The camera I use the most is my Canon AE-1, but for medium format I really enjoy taking my Yashica Mat or Agfa Isolette for a walk.


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Talk about the characters you create ...

They keep me company! When I’m creating them I try to imagine their personalities and secret lives. Most of them are invented, but some are inspired on real people. 


I read somewhere that you often get ideas from things you hear through your window. Tell me about this. ...

In my town, there are always people on the streets talking loud about everything and saluting each other in peculiar ways. Sometimes I hear curious things that lead me to create something inspired by words or expressions.





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Describe a day in the life of Joana. How would it begin? What would you do? Where would you go? What time would you be in bed ...

I really like to wake up early to work in the morning and in early afternoon with natural light, which is very important to me, namely to deal with colors. Sometimes I go the local market to get some fruit and vegetables and there I can also look at the sea and the islands in front.

If it’s hot I’ll eat an almond ice cream, a local treat! Then I’ll go to my studio and start painting. Occasionally I stop to water my plants and flowers and to sew a little – or I leave again for a walk if I need to sort thoughts out!


Talk about a future project ...

A couple of books are looming on the horizon and some new exhibitions should occur in the meantime, here and there, who knows… For one, I certainly would love to display my work somewhere in the US!



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Talk about a dream project ...

To be part of some ecological restoration process in a tangible, localized scale.





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