"Sónia Almeida’s (Lisbon, 1978) abstract paintings are the result of a set of actions through which the artist converts everyday visual experience into a series of ambiguous forms that defy the viewer’s perception. 'Red Signal' (2013) could be read as representing either a double helix, the symbol of infinitude, or a sign.
Almeida’s paintings often derive from images and objects from her daily life. Once recorded in her sketchbooks, these elements are fragmented, stylized, reframed or overlapped, appearing as pictorial compositions that frustrate any attempt to organize them into intelligible sign systems. Almeida’s works are involved in a sophisticated game of approach and withdrawal based on painting’s two major historical traditions: its representational vocation and formal exploration."