Cassia Bundock


Installation view Mythical Speech, 2019, wood, steel and acrylic paint, exhibited at Be Brave Art Space - 8 February to 3 March 2019

Installation view Mythical Speech, 2019, wood, steel and acrylic paint, exhibited at Be Brave Art Space - 8 February to 3 March 2019


Mythical Speech


The installation ‘Mythical Speech” explores forms of communication between the physical and the spiritual realms.

I borrowed the term Mythical Speech from the French philosopher and theorist Roland Barthes who stated ‘myth is a system of communication or a message or a mode of signification’.

The inspiration behind these work comes from being raised in a catholic/spiritist family, as child I was always at the church - a catholic baroque church with its inside walls and ceilings covered in apocalyptic frescos, each room filled with life-size statues of saints and the music from the church’s organ and bells.

The ‘Mythical Speech’ pieces were made with the appropriation of Ex-Votos (wood sculptures of body parts) I collected from Brazil’s major pilgrimage cathedrals. Ex-votos are significant as an arqueologic object, they inform about their people and their culture in a legitimate time and space. For me each Ex-Votos is as sacred as a religious object but without a real attachment to any religion.

Behind each one of these pieces there is a narrative about a human being who, through faith and determination has achieved a dream, cured a sick body or a sick mind - who went beyond his or her limitations.

Cassia Bundock

All pieces are sold separately, many have already been sold, please enquire.

MS table sculptures - AUD $ 190.00

Small MS wall sculptures - AUD $ 190.00

Medium MS wall sculptures - AUD $ 210.00

Large MS wall sculptures - AUD $ 220.00

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Cassia Bundock is a contemporary artist and curator working from Bayview.

Cassia was born in May 2, 1963 in a bohemian central district of São Paulo called Bixiga where she was raised. She played the piano from the age of 7 up to her teenage years. She has practiced and has followed contemporary dance from early age. She started to paint in 1992 and had her first group show in 1997 at a bar in the sophisticated neighbourhood of Jardins.

Cassia came to live in Australia in 2000. She studied at the UNSW Art & Design and has curated four exhibitions in Sydney: Into Africa, 2002, Lace in Alagoas- a nexus of art, sea and women, 2016; interfluxo, 2017 and Invisible Bridges, 2018.

Cassia’s practice circulates in the sphere of the hybrid. She blends the aesthetic and the poetry of her European/Indigenous Brazilian background with her contemporary life as a diaspora. Her work tends to carry spirituality, history and semiotics framed with elements of the Baroque and the Modernism particularly the Brazilian Neo- Concretism, Dada and Primitivism.

“I always found art powerful. I am interested in the kind of power that art holds that can change everything”