Fernanda Gomes, ‘Untitled’, 2013, TWO x TWO

“Make something to have material proof of the action,” says Gomes. In this untitled work, the process becomes the object. We see a paint brush completely covered in paint except for the bristles, showing signs of having undergone previous actions.

Rio de Janeiro-based Fernanda Gomes’ works present themselves organically, allowing for her casual and fragmentary ideas to become profound. “Make something to have material proof of the action,” says Gomes. In this untitled work, the process becomes the object. We see a paint brush completely covered in paint except for the bristles, showing signs of having undergone previous actions. As a result, her work poetically blurs the line between raw material and finished art object. Fernanda Gomes recently participated in the São Paulo Biennial and the Rennes Biennial. Select solo exhibitions include Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, and MAM, Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been the subject of museum shows at Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, and The Chisenhale Gallery, London. Gomes' art has been acquired by multiple museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Miami Art Museum; Vancouver Art Gallery; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MAM, Rio de Janeiro; and Tate Modern, London. Fernanda Gomes will be included in the 13th Istanbul Biennial.

About Fernanda Gomes

Fernanda Gomes considers the exhibition space an extension of her own studio—she always makes her work on-site, and only after spending sufficient amounts of time within it. Gomes, who is known for her small and large-scale installations that combine painting and sculpture practices, thinks of her own work a series of suggestions for movement through space and time. “My intention is not to tie physical, architectonic space to a physical situation,” Gomes says, “but to a state of mental and emotional concentration.” Her works, which are largely untitled, are made from fragile and elemental materials like wood scraps, chalk, brick, plaster, cardboard, thread, gold, and water. She will sometimes apply a coat of white paint to her structures, but more frequently lets show their natural colors.

Brazilian, b. 1960, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil