Fernanda Gomes


paintbrush, paint, and nail
5 5/8 x 1 x 3/4 inches

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.