Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fabrics With Powerful Stories to Tell

By Jill Langlois
The artist Sonia Gomes at her studio in São Paulo, Brazil. Gabriela Portilho for The New York Times
The Afro-Brazilian sculptor Sonia Gomes, in a debut U.S. show, gives materials new life — as they have given her life new balance. She was 45 when she left behind a career as a lawyer to attend the Guignard School, an art school in her home state of Minas Gerais. There she discovered that “not everything is art, but art can be anything,” she said, giving her the confidence to move forward with her work, which reclaims the Afro-Brazilian experience and culture, which continue to be diminished and appropriated in the last country in the Western world to abolish slavery. [More