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saudade

limited edition hand made booklet 14.8 x 21 cm

 

// Saudade, in Portuguese folk culture, describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for something or someone that one cares for and/or loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never be had again. It is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, and well-being, which now trigger the senses and make one experience the pain of separation from those joyous sensations. However, it acknowledges that to long for the past would detract from the excitement you feel towards the future. Saudade describes both happy and sad at the same time, which is most closely translated to the English saying ‘bitter sweet’.

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Left: Untitled (Wilde no.1), Mixed Media, 42x59.4 cm, 2019 

Right: Test For Sou, Mixed Media, 8.6x10.8 cm, 2016

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