Untitled Judge, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 40.5 x 40.5 cm.

Untitled Judge

2013, acrylic on canvas, 40.5 x 40.5 cm

Hot Must Have 2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 184 x 138 cm.

Hot Must Have

2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 184 x 138 cm

The New Black, 2004, acrylic, oil and newsprint on board, 120 x 90 cm.

The New Black

2004, acrylic, oil and newsprint on board, 120 x 90 cm

Must Have, Head 1, 2000, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 51 x 41 cm.

Must Have, Head 1

2000, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

Must Have, Head 2, 2000, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 51 x 41 cm.

Must Have, Head 2

2000, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

Glory Day, 2014, acrylic, oil and polyester glitter on canvas, 41 x 51 cm.

Glory Day

2014, acrylic, oil and polyester glitter on canvas, 41 x 51 cm

Glory Night, 2014, acrylic, oil and glitter on canvas, 41 x 51 cm.

Glory Night

2014, acrylic, oil and glitter on canvas, 41 x 51 cm

This Season's Must Have, 2004, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 102 x 76 cm.

This Season's Must Have

2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 102 x 76 cm

The White Dress, study, 2014, acrylic on paper.

The White Dress

2014, acrylic on paper, 84.1x59.4 cm

Double Wow, 2005, acrylic, oil and glass beads on canvas, 160 x 120 cm.

Double Wow

2005, acrylic, oil and glass beads on canvas, 160 x 120 cm

Fake Carmen, 2005, acrylic, oil and glass beads on canvas, 160 x 120 cm.

Fake Carmen

2005, acrylic, oil and glass beads on canvas, 160 x 120 cm

The things we do for love, 2005, acrylic and oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm.

The Things We Do For Love

2005, acrylic and oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm

Garden Head, 2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 75 x 60 cm.

Garden Head

2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on canvas, 75 x 60 cm

Comfort and Joy, 2005, acrylic and oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm.

Comfort and Joy

2005, acrylic and oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm

As Grand As England, 2004, acrylic, oil and glass beads on canvas, 190 x 170 cm.

As Grand As England

2004, acrylic, oil and glass beads on canvas, 190 x 170 cm

As Grand As England, study 2, 1999-04, acrylic, oil and glass balls on canvas, 101 x 76 cm.

As Grand As England, Study

1999-04, acrylic, oil and glass balls on canvas, 101 x 76 cm

Green Bow, study, 2004, oil and glass beads on board, 41 x 51 cm.

Green Bow

2004, oil and glass beads on board, 41 x 51 cm (study for Double Wow)

I Made It, 2001, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystal on board, 120 x 140 cm.

I Made It

2001, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystal on board, 120 x 140 cm

New Look, 2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on board, 120 x 86 cm.

New Look

2004, acrylic, oil and synthetic crystals on board, 120 x 86 cm

Looking for Love 2, 1999, acrylic, oil and glass balls on board, 76 x 105 cm.

Looking For Love 2

1999, acrylic, oil and glass balls on board, 76 x 105 cm

Looking for Love 1, 1999, acrylic, oil and glass balls on board, 76 x 105 cm.

Looking For Love 1

1999, acrylic, oil and glass balls on board, 76 x 105 cm

Close-up 07-02a, 2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm.

Close-Up 07-02a

2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm

Close-up 03a, 2003, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm.

Close-Up 03-1

2003, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm

Close-up 07-03a, 2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm.

Close-Up 07-3a

2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm

Close-up 07-03b, 2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm.

Close-Up 07-03b

2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on canvas, 25.5 x 30.5 cm

Close-up 07-01, 2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on board, 14 x 20 cm.

Close-Up 07-01

2007, acrylic, oil, polyester glitter and marker on board, 14 x 20 cm

Paintings

Anti-Fashion Series

1999-2014, mixed media

I want to depict the role of the persona in front of the self and how much of it (the self) survives the compromises we make.

Paintings have to have a beginning. The ones here start their life as a response to an image or thought, a facet of a conceptual whole that binds them together. In this series of works, fashion is being used both as the subject and as questioning of contemporary behaviour. The 'contents', be it balloons, shoes, cloth or armours, are deliberately disquieting. Their physical presence at the surface of the painting is not one of comfort. The hat eclipses the woman; we do see what she wants us to see, but this does not hold and perhaps what we are left with is an awareness of her insecurity.

Again in 'Comfort and Joy', the red shoes at first gain our attention, but their elegance is replaced by the fear and pain of negotiating this particular painting surface, which is patterned with 'visual holes'. In "Hot Must Have", we sense the human presence, but the spatial relationships within the canvas negate any interaction. Colour comes forward suggesting slogans or advertisements that occupy the remaining surface. It is a void in which a shimmering ghostly figure seems to be reassured that all is just as it should be.

Text by Gerry Smith

Extract from 'Brazilian Knots Gallery 32 2003-2006'

Edited by Luis Felipe Fortuna

Published 2006 by the Brazilian Embassy in London