From the time Mira Schendel was a child, she practiced drawing at a furious rate, always carrying pencils and a drawing pad with her.
This work is titled A Trama, which means a fabric net in Portuguese. And it's done on this thin Japanese paper. The medium that she would employ all throughout the 1960s and the 1970s. Mainly because of its transparency and its many philosophical connotations-- that the paper represents nothingness in that sense.
This particular work really is emblematic of that period of the 1960s because it employs the universals spherical form that she juxtaposes here against these parallel lines. She starts to employ a lot of writing, a lot of jagged lines. And there's a key moment here where she actually ruptures the paper and right at the bottom, right beneath that tear, it says [Portuguese]. "It's a pity that nothing else got torn."