After Easter break it was time to start planning and preparing everything around the final MFA show. However, a global crisis has arisen and the Corona Virus led to an inevitable change of plans.
I was spending my holidays in Portugal - my home country - when the Pandemic became very serious and, consequently, I was unable to return to London. Unfortunately, UAL was forced to close and there was no other option but to finish the Masters and have the final assessment online, through the webfolio.
This situation was a big challenge for everyone. In Sculptural works, like my case, it was necessary to adapt since it was not possible to use university facilities, workshops, technicians, among others.

For this final stage, it was very important to me to keep developing my work and give life to my final piece. Presenting a 3D model and fictional images was not enough, so I took my proposal to it´s full concretisation. This page is the conclusion of the whole degree, this is my final project.


Joana Passos studio at Lisbon

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As said briefly at the arc section, the process of my body of work has evolved around exploring the combination and manipulation of different materials; how they work together, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and how they behave after human intervention,
In the past year, I’ve been focusing mainly on cement, rubber and metal. The connection of these three materials is the key of my final work. How interesting is it to explore the reaction and behaviour of these materials when mixed? Even though they are so different, when together, the tension between them is intrinsic and they are stronger when connected, complementing each other. 

The choice of these materials emerges from their plastic qualities, complementing hardness with softness, resistance with elasticity, and permanence with changeability. Thus, when combining suitable materials, there is a sense of belonging, an attractive force is created trapping one material to another, freezing a moment in time and becoming one whole body. Nevertheless, there is an industrial and modernist strength influencing the appearance of the final piece, as there is no decorative manipulation and the materials are used in its raw condition. 

The cement was worked and explored until I could build some shapes of my own, reaching forms with some singularity and authenticity. To achieve this, there was a lot of experimentation, sketches and research. Cement is a material that needs moulds to be fabricated so, because of the lack of resources, I had to readjust and improvise some of my own.

To build the metal structure, a lot of different options were studied through sketches and 3D modelling before achieving the presented final result.
The piece only has meaning when read as whole, and for that it is absolutely essencial to take into consideration the space, the scale of the piece, how the viewer relates to it and how everything is intrinsically connected.
The structure is not only a plinth, but part of the piece itself, connecting all elements. The different height levels not only allow different views and perspectives of the piece, but also give an infinity of options on where and how to position each small piece, bringing a dynamic and lively nature to it. 

exploration of cement shapes

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3D metal structure drawings 

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all pieces experiments

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piece 1

piece 3

piece 5

piece 7

piece 9

piece 11

piece 11

piece 2