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About Tessa Silva

Tessa Silva is a British-Brazilian visual artist, with an interest in the impact of materials on society and what they can reveal anthropologically.


Works from Feminised Protein has been exhibited at institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, and Madrid’s cultural centre at Palacio de Cibeles.



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Mater Collects is the sister project of Mater, a comissioning body and research platform exploring materials. Tessa Silva was comissioned to write a text Mater in 2022. View it here

Tessa Silva, Chub Vase

  • Chub Vase 025

    Milk, Chalk, Beeswax mix, 26x15x11cm, 2021


    This work is from Tessa Silva's series ‘Feminised Protein’. The work is a study into the use of milk proteins as a material for the handcrafted production of fine objects. Tessa’s research and exploration prompts the inspection of our material culture retrospectively and prospectively, using craft as a tool to explore the relationship between humans and animals; particularly the female mammals role in a patriarchal social and cultural structure.

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