About The Art
“Saudade” is a Portuguese word for which there is no direct English translation.
“Saudade describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.” - Wikipedia
Modé was introduced to the word “saudade” by her Angolan friend a few years ago. He illustrated the concept by showing her the music video for the song “Sodade” by Cesária Évora. The image that Modé recollects every time she thinks of the music video, is of the empty wooden chair at the beginning of the clip. To bring her interpretation of this chair to life, she collaborated with the carpenter, Efosa Ero.
In creating the chair, Modé was led by her design aesthetic which requires furniture to both look beautiful and perform a function, which in this case is to be comfortable. She also drew on her personal experiences combined with inspiration from a sculpture which brings up “saudade” feelings for her late father.