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X-estudo

2009

Carbon steel, stainless steel, chromatized water, quartz crystal, magnet, epoxy resin, silicone, and glass

Obra X-Estudo, 2009, de Tunga. Acervo de arte contemporânea Inhotim
Tunga, X–Estudo, 2009, Carbon steel, stainless steel, chromatized water, quartz crystal, magnet, epoxy resin, silicone, and glass. Photo: Daniel Mansur

Obra X-Estudo, 2009, de Tunga. Acervo de arte contemporânea Inhotim
Tunga, X–Estudo, 2009. Photo: Daniel Mansur

In X-estudo (2009), a silver tray is connected by metal threads to a structure similar to the one used in marionettes, except that covered in rough blocks of magnets, which creates a magnetic field. This field is the basis to the other elements articulated in the work.

Due to their physical-chemical properties, the materials present in the work create an amalgamation effect through the energetic transfer between them. Both quartz crystal and the yellow liquid symbolizing urine are metaphysical representations of the transformation of energy. Crystals are often said to have healing and energetic cleansing properties, while urine is the result of chemical reactions of the human body.

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