One hundred and eighty days, 2022
a solo exhibition at Estação Elevatória a Vapor dos Barbadinhos, Museu da Água, Lisbon (PT)
graphite, charcoal and soft pastel on paper
"For One hundred and eighty days the artist drew only the sea, evoking and materializing the average time of a fishing campaign in the North Atlantic seas in which the fishermen were surrounded by water for 6 months. In this set of drawings, more than a mimetic reproduction of water as a natural element, Esgaio works with the transitory characteristics of this living element and its relationship with the concept of time. Through photographic images that she captures herself and serve as a reference for the composition of her drawings, the artist manages to freeze movement, counteracting the temporal fugacity of a liquid body in constant transformation. In an intimate practice, using graphite, charcoal and soft pastel, she reproduces that split second and, aware of the impossibility of suspending the instant, grants it time. Time is, in fact, the real matter in Esgaio's drawings. Her drawings are slow, made of time and it is the drawing process itself that imposes this awareness".