In the mid-1960s, Schendel produced a series of three-dimensional works made of knotted rice paper she had intertwined by hand. She thought of them as ephemeral sculpturesnot meant to lastand called them Droguinhas (literally "little drugs"), a Brazilian slang expression that means "nothing"or indicates something worthless. Schendel, one of the major figures of postwar Brazilian art, was also a trained philosopher and poet. She used her art to address existential questions and to subvert the traditional hierarchies between artistic mediums.
Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.