Original drawings created by visual artist P Gurgel-Segrillo: figurative explorations on cross-cultural identity and womanhood, empowerment and femininity.

In my native Brazil, in London and San Francisco, I have trained and worked in a diverse range of disciplines, through oil painting, silk-screen printing, film animation, hat design, gemology, ergonomics, interior accessories and jewellery design and manufacture.

I have developed weaving techniques in silver and gold that I have been using to create unique pieces throughout 30 years of jewellery-making.

The interlaced silver and gold ribbon hint of the social fabric of Rio de Janeiro State, in Brazil where I grew up. A place where strands of wealth and poverty, ethics and violence, culture and corruption are constantly intertwining.

In 2004 I completed a MA Degree in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, where I lived for 8 years and established my design-craft-art practice.

Design – Craft – Art : I try to blur their boundaries… good thought and good design that should go into the piece, the hand-crafted aspect and the skill which it requires as well as my artistic expression- all three are as important to me.

I have been exploring figurative pencil drawings and fine art prints, and is currently working on a series inspired by The Human Rights, womanhood and cross-cultural identity.

My interests lie on figurative explorations on cross-cultural identity, womanhood and human emotions i.e. abandonment, loneliness, neglect, desertion, despair and other squatters in the dark corners of the human soul, with a pinch of humor and quirkiness.

Emotions associated with femininity, lightness, self-sufficiency, get an unsettling out-of-balance ‘perfection.’ The ‘impossible beauty’ which dominates the hearts and minds of our consumer society is challenged in a whimsical, elfish, puckish way.

The bizarre and the idiosyncratic, the beautiful and harmonious are present in every day life- I strive to uncover them in an attempt to provoke, disturb, inspire and prompt reflection on our communality as one human race.

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