Teresa Dantas

Published: 08.02.2024


Teresa Dantas, born in Mozambique in 1965, lives and works in Porto, in her own studio. From an early age, her artistic sensitivity manifested itself. The technical knowledge was acquired by the masters of the Secondary School of Soares dos Reis, where she carried out his secondary studies, which allowed her since then to make jewels of great formal and technical complexity, which his fertile imagination is constantly giving rise to. The proof of this deep learning are the two 1st European jewelery awards, among students from different European schools who teach jewellery. Higher education fluctuated in several areas. Fine Arts in Brussels, Heritage Conservation and Restoration, Postgraduate in Jewelery Design and Master in Product Design.



For Dantas there are no limits when it comes to creating. Only the limits imposed by the materials and the techniques of realization of the idealized work will condition the final result. Thus, your jewelry is always at the limit of the possible. This is one of their most original features, which makes them charming and enigmatic.

The experimentation with new materials, and their conciliation with the more traditional ones, is the basis of her plastic work. It works with organic materials, such as bones, animal teeth, wood, bread, potato skin, resin, various textile fibers, and various metals, such as zamak, copper, brass, silver, gold, iron, magnets, etc...

But in Dantas work there is a very powerful denominator, common to all materials and materials. It is based on the axiom assumption of physics and chemistry that all atoms, all molecules, all cells and crystals, and crystal lattices are the same in the Universe, insofar as they all fulfill their function. And on all of them depends the aggregative or degrading Life. When two related cells meet in a living organism, giving rise to a new being, their reproduction in geometric progression consists of adding new atoms and new molecules to the initial pair. And in this way inorganic cells become part of the living organisms that received them, becoming organic matter. But this is a temporary condition. Soon this organism will begin the degrading process, and all organic matter returns to the eternal condition of inorganic matter. In the simplistic approach to this phenomenon, it is said that living matter became dead matter. It's fake! All matter is alive...Each atom has its nucleus of protons and neutrons; around which electrons gravitate.
Here we reach the condition of equality in all matters. As worthy is an atom of diamond or gold as an atom of iron, or any other element in the periodic table. So, everyone should be treated with the same dignity. With the same respect and adoration. And the jewels born of this assumption vibrate intensely...
Is circumstance makes her jewels mysterious and attractive, because each one of them tells a story, and the true and yet incomplete story is the one that tells all of her work.
There are no time limits for its execution. The pieces are unique, patiently molded into unlikely/infinite and surprising shapes. The objects created exude a subtle and strange beauty, but they carry a meaning that they try to share with the spectator.
Objects travel at the heart of the transformation and metamorphosis of values ​​(system of beliefs, of values ​​implicitly contained in our ornaments).

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Award giving  12 Feb 2024 - 12 Feb 2024  Amberif Design Award Winners 2024.
Award giving  06 May 2023 - 06 May 2023  Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2023 Winners.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021  Tincal lab Challenge 2021. Jewelry and Nature.
Exhibition  16 Sep 2021 - 20 Nov 2021  Cold Sweat.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy.
Exhibition  10 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018  Tincal Lab Challenge 2018. Jewelry and Technology.
Exhibition  22 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018  Collectiva Meeting.
Exhibition  01 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017  Mix Média.
Exhibition  11 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017  Tincal lab Challenge 2017. Jewelry and Music.
Meeting  25 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017  Parcours Bijoux 2017.
Exhibition  27 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017  Twenty-Three. Contemporary Jewelry in Ibero-America.
Exhibition  21 Jun 2016 - 30 Jul 2016  3cm, Summer Exhibition.
Exhibition  08 May 2015 - 26 Jul 2015  Omaggio a Donatello - Gioielleria Contemporanea.
Award giving  06 Nov 2014 - 06 Nov 2014  New Traditional Jewellery 2014 Winners.
Award  06 Nov 2014 - 09 Nov 2014  New Traditional Jewellery Design Contest 2014.
Exhibition  30 Apr 2013 - 23 Jun 2013  REVOLT: Legnica International Jewellery Competition.