Fragile Elements

Artist Helga Stüber Nicolas shaves and sharpens hundreds of colour pencils, grinds their leads into powder and arranges the fragments in new compositions on paper or canvas.The light shavings join into geometric forms: sphere, cube, cone.
Millions of these delicate slivers are stacked to large spheres, arranged in layers like the scales of a fish. The thin fringe of paint on the edge of each wooden shaving is an essential component: with colour the object somehow becomes more tangible.
Her objects are intended to encourage people to reflect on the fragility of matter and become aware of how transitory our existence is.
Find out more about Helga's work here.