Exquisite Installations Unwind Strands of Ropes into Delicate Trees

Mello + Landini is a collaboration between Brazil-based artists Janiana Mello and Daniel Landini. Together, they create an on-going series of installations called Ciclotrama, which consist of intertwining ropes that twist and unwind into organic forms like roots and trees.

To the artists, Ciclotramas illustrates the passage of time. The multi-strand cables can form one line, or they can fracture into separate trajectories that take on their own characteristics.

Mello + Landini's works are an exquisite sight that are simultaneously delicate and powerful, utilizing both gathered and splintered threads to create the juxtapositions. The bases of the installations are often the large ropes laid along the floor in either piles or as a long, meandering path. From there, the strands divide into smaller, more delicate branches. Their thin veins are tacked on walls or ceilings to view as a whole or admire separately.

Mello + Landini website
via [Barbara Picci]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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