Melissa Meier: Fierce “Laced” Cutout Art on Female Portraits Melissa Meier is on to something. Take simple, serious and sometimes somber-looking female portraits, and cutout lace-like designs along the contours of their body. Visually arresting and thought-provoking, such an act does not seem so extreme when you consider all the ways women modify and “beautify” our own bodies.
Since losing its capital status to Brasília in 1960, Rio has been in decline. Investment dried up, brains and businesses fled to arch-rival São Paulo and violence became endemic. The number of favelas, hill-side slums, grew exponentially. In these places, everything from traffic violations to murder seemed to go unpunished. The drug trade took hold. The city became divided into two different worlds.
Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1962, Mozart studied architecture at University Federal of Pernambuco and obtained his degree in 1986. He worked as a set designer for theatre, cinema, and TV in Brazil while developing in parallel his work as a sculptor.