Lellys Nobrega (Brazil)
June 18 - July 12, 2019
Opening: Tuesday, June 18, 6-8 pm
"Since I was a child, I saw shapes in the clouds, also in the marks of humidity or wear on the walls, and on the floor of my grandmother's farmhouse. I enjoyed sketching because I admired geometric shapes. Then, I learned to use scissors and to cut figures on paper. I had dozens of paper dolls and their clothes in a shoebox. Challenged by the shapes that were left over from the cuts, I understood that a figure could be modified by folding it and redoubling and balancing it. There were triangles, circles, and several polygons that turned into decoration. This was the Construction phase.
One day as I was sitting quietly in my dad's office, I grabbed a clip and started playing with it. I liked its angles. I pulled it and stretched its modified parts -which I liked better-, until I deconstructed it and managed to balance it. Looking at it, I found interesting that I was still be able to perceive, from afar, its original form. I also started playing with its shadows. This was the Deconstruction phase from the useful and well-known clip to dozens of other balanced forms.
Today, all my paper studies are executed in metal and increasingly bulky. Likewise, the clip -always in metal- became gigantic with a work in a public space measuring 4.5 meters.
I find the Concrete and Neo-concrete movements connecting the arts very interesting. As I began singing, painting, constructing, and deconstructing forms intuitively and I am also a lyrical gospel singer. In the end, the arts complement each other."
Lellys Nobrega lives divided between the cities of Recife and João Pessoa, in northeastern Brazil. She graduated in Industrial Pharmacy with a Postgraduate Degree in Food Technology and Labor Law.