The fluency with which figure and background interpenetrate in this alabaster blade, the counterpoint between its irregular contour and the drawing precision, between its frontal presence in the world plan and its aura of dream, all this concurs to transform these pieces in contemporary Bust models. Indeed, under close scrutiny, they are discontinuous portraits.
Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro’s sculptures now let themselves go into space. Because these Busts are mobile, coextensive to the world’s things, irradiating a particular beauty that redeems the clumsy routine of life. Slowly, brief aesthetical exclamation succinctly appear, immediate instants of grace exempting God and politics.
Here we appear to be in front of things long forgotten; there we appear to be in front of a sculpture in gestation, asleep in its embryonic state, pre-sculpture, pre-stone. Something that has not taken shape yet,
amorphous – jellyfishes, águas-vivas in Portuguese, which can be translated as living water.
Paulo Venancio Filho