Yokumê Entitree Alegria, 2020

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Crochet with Polypropylene rope, cotton voile, expanded clay, cotton mesh, beans, wooden hooks
274 x 234 x 234 cm

Since the 1990s Ernesto Neto has created a distinct body of work— an ongoing formal inquiry into space, volume, balance and gravity that is equally informed by sensuality, energy and spirituality. Inspired by a wide range of sources—from Brazilian avant-garde artists such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, through the Modernist abstraction of Calder and Brancusi, to the natural world, shamanism and craft culture—Neto’s art-making practice has pushed the boundaries of sculpture and radically redefined the relationship between artwork and viewer.

Neto is intrigued by the traditions and rituals of Huni Kuin, particularly their desire to achieve happiness and harmony in life and to abide by the timeless wisdom of nature. Yokumê Entitree Alegria is conceived as a room for meditation.