Paulo Govêa, Brazilian
Somando Incompreensões (Adding UpIncomprehensions), 2015 Giclee Prints
The entire work is 51x51cm/19.78”x 19.78”. The image is 41x41cm/16”x16”
Prints hand-signed by the artist on Clarice Lispector’s Centennial Seal
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This print depicts the painting originally and exclusively created by Paulo Govea in 2015 to help Group Dot BR raise funds for the show, Inside the Wild Heart. Later on, the image became the identity and one of the centerpieces of the actual show. In celebration of Clarice Lispector’s centennial, Paulo offers a special sealed edition, signed and dated by the artist.
Paulo Govea’s art involves what he calls “a synthesis of people and historic moments”. In Adding Up Incomprehensions, he takes the only interview given by Clarice to TV Cultura in 1977, synthesizes some of the elements of her writing and her identity, and takes a step further by adding tattoos on Clarice's body with elements such as: 1. The Ukrainian birds in reference to her birthplace; 2. The 13 gunshots mentioned in her short story, Mineirinho; 3. The lily flower in reference to her last name meaning “Lis no peito” (Lily on the chest); 4. The Star of David in reference to her being Jewish; and 5. The name Aya (Clarice’s birth name before coming to Brazil).
The elements shown outside her body - the rat, the cockroach, and the egg - are taken straight from the short stories The Egg and The Chicken, The Fifth Story, and Forgiving God. These elements will become a constant reflection throughout her body of work and Paulo’s intuition aligns itself perfectly with that of Clarice. In a way it is as if he puts Clarice’s words in visual art, making this piece of art a psychological caption of what hovers around Lispector’s world.
Paulo Govêa is known internationally and has produced exhibitions in Brazil, Chile, Spain, and in the United States. In his very unique way of stylizing his characters, we may note that his stylistic identity coexists harmoniously with broad and comprehensive subjects of the mass culture. Among the several sources of inspiration of the artist, some of his works show a surrealistic touch with an uncommon manner in which elements are arranged. The artist plays with the object-background relationship, transforming the characters into a stage for patterns and figures that propose another form of representation of the individuals. With color, coherence, and creativity, Paulo Govêa gives us a production that is increasingly maturing and rich in terms of forms and meaning.
The sale of the prints is to raise funds for Group Dot Br
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