Brígida Machado

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PORTUGAL, 1980

«… In it, viewers will recognize many of the characteristics common to much of her painting: the isolated vignettes or narratives, the animal-headed men and women (sphinxes), the comic or satirical positioning of the figures, and the perverse, hard-to-distinguish confusion of play – children’s games – and torture. Here and elsewhere in her work, it sometimes seems that she has created a rebus (a puzzle in which individual visual elements form a word or sentence) meant to lead the viewer toward some global meaning that will bring together all the localized elements of the painting. Tough sometimes I also think that what she might be doing is painting a text in a highly personal, pictographic language, an individualized form of hieroglyphics to which only she has full access ».

Richard Zimler