Kika Rufino,Master graduation 2018.
She found in the artistic jewellery work her way to combine gesture, creation and construction. In 2010 she opened her own jewellery studio in São Paulo, and after five years of independent practice, she moved to Germany to devote time to her Master studies and project. Kika Rufino has been exhibiting her work since 2012 in Europe, South America and U.S.A. In her pieces, the body and space are in focus with perspectives that she brings from her academic and practical background: Bachelor degree in architecture and urban planning at the University of São Paulo and Master of fine arts from Hochschule Trier in Idar-Oberstein, she dances since the age of five years old. Living in Idar-Oberstein, between 2015 and 2018, Kika developed a practical and theoretical thesis about the concept of sacred and preciousness in contemporary life. Recently graduated, she is a finalist to BKV Prize 2019 Bavarian Society of Arts and Crafts, in Munich.
Simultaneously visible and invisible, material and ethereal, objective and subjective. Lightness and weight are now added to the paradoxical topic explored. The main substance used in the latest work is the stone and the main action is to cut. Open, the cut itself invites. Sometimes to be admired, contemplated, meditated. Other times it instigates to be explored, penetrated and crossed. The results and the effects, although apparently optics, convoke our whole body. They question the limits of impression, memory, reality, and virtuality. To reveal itself, the pieces invite us to move.
© 2019 Xihan Zhai