Luciano Rocha (he/him)
BIO: House of Frisson is part of my sustainable practice to reuse and repurpose existing objects rather than buying new raw materials. By painting, decorating, and applying collage onto ceramic plates, vases, and picture frames, I’m prolonging the life of unwanted or unappealing objects. They become one-of-a-kind art pieces that people could proudly display in their homes. My art advocates who I am and the things that I like, from pop culture to provocative sayings and quotes. All thrown in with striking colours, a good sense of humour and of course an eye for detail, that is expected from an architect.
‘Live, Laugh, Lesbian!’
FROM THE ARTIST: ‘This collage artwork is to celebrate the lesbian community and the LGBTQ+ in general. It is a shout out to remind everyone that we exist, and we have been around since humans were humans. Purple is associated with lesbians after the 1982’s novel “The Color Purple”, by the American author Alice Walker, depicting a romance between two women. The artwork portrays two Victorian women dressed in what was considered male attire, in an attempt to look like two gentlemen. In a time when women were considered almost as males’ property, and were expected to wear full long dresses with corsets accentuating their curvaceous figures; the attitude of those
who went against the society’s established behaviours and apparels was even more revolutionary and brave in times that were even more homophobic than today. It is indeed an artwork to celebrate individuality, freedom of self-expression and to love who you want to love.’
FROM THE ARTIST: ‘This collage artwork is a manifest as well as a celebration to women’s rights’ achievements so far in today’s society. But it’s also to raise awareness. Women should be free to express themselves, and freely make choices about their own bodies, without male imposition or any kind of violence: sexual, physical, or emotional. But unfortunately, we know that women’s bodily autonomy is still far from the reality in many countries, where patriarchal societies are predominant, and cultures have valued men over women. Women in some countries have so little power, if any, that they are suppressed by basic things like traveling, driving, or just showing their face without male permission. In this artwork, the female figure is expressing her anger towards those who don’t respect women’s bodies as their own, with a furious message written on her own body parts. Women are not men’s possessions.’