Fernanda Chieco

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Fernanda Chieco, a graduate of the University of São Paulo and Goldsmiths’ College in London, is among the most promising of Brazil’s new generation of artists. Her works are bizarre narratives of the body, strange stories that seem to echo the absurdity of human life. While her first pieces were sculptural objects, suggesting bodies whose openings were connected by tubes, conduits, and passages, soon her work with objects gave way to drawing, a medium in which, in her view, everything is possible. Her first large-scale drawing was Tabula Prima, 2003, an enormous piece more than twenty-six feet in length depicting instruments invented to connect people.

Chieco is still thinking about bodies and their connections, as one saw in her recent show, “Os Catamoscas” (The Flycatchers). Using the techniques that have become her hallmark, the artist draws human and animal figures with clean, spare,

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