Mouthful of Thoughts (Chain Drawing) 2002
Tonico Lemos Auad is motivated by an interest in expressing and reflecting daily experiences, perceptions of things and situation that are not easily noticeable or that vanish under our eyes.
While drawings are at the core of his work, his pieces are often site specific, often changing through time, like his drawings on bananas. Recent projects are inspired by love, family and friendship messages found on cheap jewellery, from necklaces saying 'My heart says forever' to bracelets reading 'I love you more today than yesterday but less than tomorrow'. These objects capture audiences imagination and, by playing on expectations, they challenge the value - whether monetary or sentimental - of something which is either or not, lost or found.