Title: Flagellation II
Dimensions: width: 120cm, height: 35cm, depth: 25cm
Notes: sculpture – brass, leather, wood, crystals
Country: United Kingdom
Iluá Hauck da Silva was born in Campinas, Brazil, and graduated from Goldsmiths’ College in
2002. She has exhibited solo with The National Trust Sutton House, London, and the Museu
Padre Lima in Brazil. Important group shows include The Royal Landscape, Shoreditch Town
Hall, the West Bank Gallery and recently Obssession: Ritual, Love, Collection, at the Embassy Tea
Gallery. In 2013 Hauck da Silva was a finalist of the International Aesthetica Art Prize. She lives
and works in London.
Permeated by a strong sense of the relationship between decadence and beauty, my work
explores some of the darkest aspects of the human condition. Drawing on my background in art
history, I rethink and subvert, with a contemporary vision, Greek and Catholic Mythologies, and
classic genres such as Vanitas and Pudica Pose.
At its core, my practice entails investigating and interrogating existential concepts. It also offers
thoughts on current social values, and the construction of history and traditions. Sculptures,
installations, and interferences on Old Masters are both critical of contemporary society and an
invitation for reflection, as they bridge the publicly accepted and personal attitudes towards the
concepts I deal with.
Using a wealth of materials to form a complex and meticulous visual vocabulary, a reminiscence
of Symbolist and Art Nouveau discourses, my choice of media is dictated by the concept behind
my ideas, as an intrinsic visual dialogue between matter and meaning is vital to my practice.
Flagellation addresses and questions pain as a form of redemption, and the manipulative aspects
of its use as a tactic. Meticulously executed, this piece’s intricateness and richness allude to the
opulence of ecclesiastical aesthetics; its sumptuous and seductive qualities momentaneously
distracts the viewer from its true purpose, the mortification of the body and the inculcation of
the mind. Metal, blood-red crystals, and leather charge Flagellation with transgressive
connotations: as meaning unfolds, beauty, pain, pleasure, and irony crystallise.