Mozambique, 1947


Working with paper in an unconventional manner is the characteristics of Carlos Nogueira’s works. Using fine Japanese paper to cover the surface of objects, upon which layers of graphite powder or the tip of a lead pencil are applied, he marks his works in a deliberate way, evoking the shimmer captured in the waves of the sea or the deep velvety night sky. His interest in architecture and how we deal with it and the environment around us, influences his work. Often the pieces are hybrids of man-made materials and forms incorporating textures, materials and references to the natural world – a harmonious equilibrium between the two is realised. As with the other two artists, the relationship to nature and the elements in their close environments are fundamental themes joining them together, in the same way that the world has been made to confront also, in one form or another recently.