Ondular, to wave, in Portuguese.
I particularly love the sound of this word in Italian (my mother tongue) and Portuguese (the tongue that cohabits in my mind with Italian when I think, love, eat, draw, sleep, get angry, and sing). Ondulare, ondular, in its noun form onda, the wave. Ondular perfectly describes the dance of our existence. And it is especially to this dance that my art is dedicated. Warm and sensual at times, the dance can become ferocious and aggressive when we are not prepared.
Ondular, as departure and return. It is the movement of my hair and thoughts. It is the sway of my hips when r’n’b or African music start to play...
Ondulados (wavy) are my feelings and states of mind. Ondulados are the countless people living inside the borders of my body. The thousands of moods and universes I visit every week, or day, or minute, or second.
Ondular is the nature of matter, as explained by physics.
It is the desire to have the ability to flow, whatever happens, whatever you are expecting, or looking for. It is the ability to be as wide and fluid as the ocean. It is the consciousness that there is something beyond.
But Ondular contains the word lar too (just for a simple wordplay), very close to the notion of home in English. The etymology of the word lar goes back to the Latin household deities called Lares, the protectors of the house and the family.
As in nomine numini (in the name of destiny), OnduLar Ateliê is a place of flowing but also of rooting. It is my personal workplace, and also a space of sharing and exchange, meant for new artistic and cultural projects in Lisbon.
It is also a little gallery for other artists, even those who have never exhibited and have not found the courage to expose themselves before.
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