Luna Paiva gilds objects that were not born to be art, but had a nude life of their own. Mounted rocks, succulent plants and cacti, they are species of a wild realm that seems habitual: inhabitants of Creation, like us. Her objects speak of a life that preexisted the human eye, transformed by the gilding effect of the human eye. Her still lifes play with the sacred layers of fetish present in contemporary art but also spanning from an ancient tradition, where casting gold embodied a sacred anima. Ready-mades of nature gilded for profane adoration.
For Luna, the casting process is the most beautiful artistic process. Luna starts with a clay or plaster model. Then she makes a mold to create a wax model. She fires a second mold on the wax, the wax melts, and she pours the liquid bronze into the cavity left by the wax. When it cools, Luna break the mold, and then the sculpture is there. After that comes the polishing or eventually a patina. The fire, the transmutation of the material, the intensity, the danger, the skill it demands, the satisfaction when it all comes together… there’s something thrilling about the medium’s volatility.
Luna’s work has been shown in exhibitions across Latin America, Europe and the United States. As a photographer, Luna worked for editorial media such as Vogue Italy, L'officiel Art and Apartamento. Awarded countless prizes such as the 2013 Itaú Art Prize, Luna collaborated with Ferragammo. She also worked with Hermes for their Artist’s Windows in 2014 and 2016.