SRY NOT SORRY by Thomas Mendonça

Thomas Mendonça (1991, France), is a visual artist living and working in Lisbon. He participated in the exhibitions “Poríferos Preciosos” at Museu Geológico de Lisboa and Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, “Género na Arte: Corpo, sexualidade, identidade, resistência” at Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, and “Species Novae” at Galeria FOCO. His main interests are spread among sentimental melodramas, post-pop culture and the beauty of iconic singularity in general.


“SRY NOT SORRY” based on the SRY gene (from the English Sex-determining Region Y) which is the region of the Y chromosome that determines the development of the male genitals in terrestrial mammals (marsupials and placentals), and the expression “Sorry, but not sorry “(again from English:” I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry “) provided with sarcasm in an insincere apology or in a situation in which we cannot assume any guilt because there is no malice or even decision-making power in the action for which we ask for forgiveness. It is a series of sculptures inspired by the male sexual organs, representing a panoply of possible stylized phalluses midway between a futuristic penis and a dysfunctional dildo. They are autonomous beings from the rest of human anatomy. They have nipples, faces, and holes, they have souls, ideas, and a respiratory system. They look like dolls, rabbits, and cacti, they look like sex toys. They are beige, salmon, and pink, some lighter than others, some are golden.

The Project
Thomas Mendonça: This series is the bridge that unites what is most organic in my ceramic work, to the exercise that was working on a specific theme, for the exhibition PAU DURO CORAÇÃO MOLE that I created for Galeria Foco in 2017. It is made in faience, some pieces were dyed with watercolor, others dressed in gold. They are all variants of a wide range of objectified organs. I kept doing as far as my creativity took me. It was a great way to rethink ceramics and my work in general, and to awaken new ways of doing.

Talking about personal experiences
Thomas Mendonça: It is both so stupid and fascinating the way we were all so well taught to put so much into the perfect love of monogamy. This is all to say that talking about our sex, our love, our love without sex, and our sex without love is natural, legitimate, and – in my point of view – so much more relevant than talking about concepts like movement, space, or time. Talking about your own experience – personal, biological, and human – is what seems to me to be most relevant.

Available Works:
Materials: faience/watercolor
Dimensions: 28 x 17 x 14cm
Price: 350€ (+VAT)

Materials: faience/water-based paint
Dimensions: 39 x 13 x 6cm
Price: 350€ (+VAT)

Materials: faience/water-based paint
Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 11cm
Price: 350€ (+VAT)

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