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Inês Neto dos Santos

MA work

Metade da minha alma é maresia / Half of my soul is sea spray

Metade da minha alma é maresia (Half of my soul is sea spray) is a visual. sonic and tactile exploration of how thought and feeling can be projected onto landscape, investigating it as a space that holds emotional value. 

It’s a sensory experience which allows the space for contemplation, stillness and for a meditative look – a connection with nature and its rhythms; and a play on the limit between what we experience consciously (and can explain) and what we experience emotionally (and can’t explain). 

This work is born out of a personal connection to seaside landscapes, deriving from my upbringing by the sea in Portugal. It is presented here as a continuous, wave-like flow of visual, sonic and tactile fragments of experience, memory and emotion in relation to an overwhelming, all-encompassing sea. It has no beginning or ending. Water is proposed as a space for connection and transformation, as a metaphor and visual signifier for the fluidity, subjectivity and uncontainability of feeling. 

Metade da minha alma é maresia sets itself up as an never-ending life work, which grows, transforms and moves, mimicking the continuous to and fro-ing of the sea. For SHOW16, this exhibition space will hold a series of works, events and performances, scheduled across the 22nd June – 3rd July. Each of the exhibited pieces exists as a fragment, a piece within the process of tackling and honouring this emotional and physical landscape.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • My practice deals with concepts of human relationship to spaces and landscapes. I am interested in exploring how these can hold emotional value, and how we project feelings, memories and voices onto them.

    I work in the liminal space between photography, moving image, sound and installation in order to re-process these landscapes and turn them inside out, exposing their metaphorical and abstract qualities. Inspired by Romanticism and my own upbringing in the Portuguese seaside, I explore poetics in visual art, searching to propose stillness and contemplation in a contemporary context.

    Recently, my work has focused on seascapes and water – proposing the sea as a space for connection, transformation and growth. The seaside played a fundamental role in my childhood, whether I realised it or not. I am concerned with investigating this particular landscape (at home and away from it), particularly the sea's metaphorical values linked with fluidity, subjectivity, memory and emotional experience. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Honours) Graphic and Media Design - Illustration pathway, London College of Communication, 2013
  • Conferences

  • Liquid Inbetweeness - Matrixiality and Water as a Metaphor (MA dissertation), AVANCA | CINEMA July 2016, film conference in Portugal