“Brick” [“ Tijolo ”] > from the Spanish tejuelo , diminutive for tejo , which means “tile shard.”
The most ancient traces of bricks date back to 7500 BC and were found in Çayönü, in the southeast region of Anatolia, in Turkey. Bricks were an important technological innovation, as they allowed for the construction of buildings resistant to temperature and moisture, when man was no longer nomad and needed strong and durable constructions. Around 1200 BC, the production of bricks spread to Europe and Asia.
Wood was the first marketing economy coming from Brazil and so it was during the entire colonial period. As one of the main raw materials used in constructions, for a long time brick was also used as roof structure. As years went by, the Industrial Revolution brought mass production of bricks. Small shops that produced bricks disappeared to give way to the big factories, with huge ovens, which made brick production faster and cheaper. The use of brick was popularized.
In the mid-twentieth century, houses began to give way to buildings. Verticalization began in spaces and housing, and as a result wood reclamation began.
The piece “Tejuelo” is a portrait of our culture, in which wood plaid a very important role in the Brazilian colonial architecture, and was later suppressed by technological progress that brought brick as an element that modernized constructions.
For the artist, to represent a brick by producing it in wood instead of clay is an opportunity to depict and initiate discussion about the pairs that were created throughout history. The piece has another provocative aspect: wood, which used to be an essential part of constructions, was discarded, took another direction, and now returns as a brick. Clay – soft, fictile, reddish – loses its purpose of molding. Its plasticity is employed in an object whose purpose is not to assemble or build, but to reflect.
The Brick is an archetype of Architecture. It represents the element that shapes, draws and establishes the boundaries in planned spaces. Tijolo > do espanhol tejuelo, diminutivo de tejo – caco de telha.