Filipe Rocha da Silva has long been fascinated with patterns, including imagery composed of small particles that when seen up close are comprised of human figures. More recently, it is his labor-intensive wool drawings that incorporate or depict similar patterns using solely the precise line of wool thread. By using this very specific technique, based on traditional secular weaving crafts common in Portugal, the overlapping human figures dissolve their forms and shapes of reality. Fertility Landscape depicts a wild forest scene, populated by tiny figures throughout, textured by the wool threads in all directions and divided in varying colors that change each time the needle has to be fed. As in his previous works, it is a world where the collective human presence is at times overwhelming, but nature persists and dominates.
FILIPE ROCHA DA SILVA is a Portuguese artist who builds large paintings depicting extremely small, almost invisible figures. "The nanoscale humans that populate da Silva's works can be looked on as resembling both brain cells and individual neurons, according to the artist, or the complex patterns of pandemic diseases and computer viruses..." writes Brandon Taylor (After Constructivism, Yale University Press, 2014). Recent solo exhibitions: Centre Culturel Portugais, Rabat, Morocco, 2010; Self, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal, 2009; Museu da Cidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 2005. Selected museum collections: Museu da Cidade de Lisboa, Lisbon; Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, La Coruña, Spain.