Corrêa, a Brazilian artist and naturalist, meticulously analyzes
natural species and popular legend within the folds of art and science.
His paintings, drawings and dioramas record, reveal and project
the creative possibilities of exploring the inner biology of hidden,
unknown and mythic animals.
Unheimlich (that which is not domestic, unfamiliar, not
simple) series for this exhibition he takes on: the Onça-boi
a highly feared mythical inhabitant of the Amazon with a body of
a Jaguar and paws of an ox; the Caperobo (part man, part
ant eater); and the Ipupiara a marine animal Portuguese
colonials described as having a large head, a mustache, long arms,
pointed teeth and fins instead of feet. A rich source for some of
these creatures are medieval bestiaries and travel diaries of Europeans
who visited Brazil such as the German merchant João Nieuhoff’s
Gedenkweerdige Brasiliaense Zee en Lant Reize (1682). Instead
of imagining these hybrid animals through sensational renditions
Corrêa constructs them from the inside out with exquisite
original scientific interpretations based on known facts of their
potential biological condition.