Sofia Aguiar’s (b. 1963, lives and works in Lisbon and Tangier)figurative oil paintings, usually done on wooden board, are often explorations of lone animals, isolated objects, or spaces marked by humans yet uninhabited. Influenced by her background in social service, Aguiar’s paintings allude to notions of desire and the connections between imagination and representation. Her work has been part of exhibitions such as at Àr.Co (Lisbon) as well as the 1st Arts in Marrakech International Biennale Festival in 2005.
Sofia Aguiar’s characteristically obsessive figuration of animals here consists of larger-than-life representations of insects in an installation of painting-objects. Rather than the result of a work of pleasure, these paintings are the expression of the exteriorization of psychological suffering. “I am terrified of insects, I hate them; so I draw them obsessively to subdue my dread,” the artist once said in an interview with curator Filipa Olveira.