There’s more water entering the soil
3+1 Arte Contemporânea announces the opening of There is more water entering the soil (Há mais água a entrar no solo), the first solo exhibition by the artist Inês Brites at the gallery.
The work of Inês Brites considers the status of everyday objects in a world of mass consumption, both in the physical and virtual realities. Her process of investigation starts with the act of collecting objects or images, then undergoes a contemplative view, and finally results in a visual response. Her practice is manifested mostly in the form of sculptural works made through unique moulds of various materials – wax, silicone, latex – pursuing a sensorial and aesthetic interpretation of the objects she examines.
For this exhibition, the artist presents a collection of pieces that explore liquid matter, observing objects in light of her interest in the mucous membranes and flexible appearance of molluscs, reflecting her fascination with sea slugs (described by their peculiar shapes, textures, colours and transparencies, each species with one or many characteristics in a single body – all playing an important role in their protection against predators). Inês Brites continues her inquiry into all things mundane, showcasing from her own personal archive compositions of objets trouvés and sculptures. Her growing desire to experiment with new translucid materials is an attempt to find characteristics of the nudibranchs in objects that are related in some way to water, liquid or the aquatic world.
Inês Brites (Coimbra, 1992) lives and works in Lisbon. She did her BA in Painting at Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon and studied at KAS: Conservatorium & School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. Since 2015, she has participated in various projects and group exhibitions, namely: Dear Image Part II , 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2020); White Safari Tent — with Aled Simons, G39, Cardiff, UK (2020); Se o Fio Partir, Veremos o Corpo Seguir em Linha Recta — with Tânia Geiroto Marcelino, Ciclo de Amizades — tandem projects in her own studio, Lisbon (2020); O Stand 1.1 — with Sara Mealha, O Stand Project, Lisbon (2020); Reality Check, Las Palmas Project, Lisbon (2019); Feeling Blue, curated by Carolina Quintela, Espaço Real, Lisbon (2019); Aguadilha — with Lea Managil, Ciclo de Amizades, Lisbon (2019); Estrela Decadente #49, curated by Ana Cachola & Xavier Almeida, Desterro, Lisbon (2019); Pausa, curated by Pedro Batista, Esqina Cosmopolitan Lodge, Lisbon (2019); Tu Não Viste Nada, curated by Tiago Baptista, Duplex AIR, Lisbon (2019); Mellifluous Elephant, curated by Francisca Aires Mateus, Casa da Dona Laura, Lisbon (2019); I Will Take The Risk, curated by Carolina Forjaz Trigueiros, Espaço Azan / Tomaz Hipólito Studio, Lisbon (2019); The Dog is Very Confused, curated by Kasia Sobczak, Galeria FOCO, Lisbon (2018). She has been published in: Destroy Youth, “Wanted Love, Connection Failed” (May 2020); in Dose Magazine N2 (March 2019); Portuguese Emerging Art Catalogue (May 2017) and (September 2018). She also took part in the project Bioluminescência by Filipa Matta (2019) for A Peça que Faltava, broadcasted on RTP2. Her work is part of the Norlinda e José Lima Collection, as well as other private collections in Portugal.