LEFTOVER NOTEBOOKS – NEMO’S
SHE.LAB – “Leftover Notebooks” Series / Nemo’s
15 x 21 cm
Ivory paper / blank / dotted
SET OF THREE / eack one is a unique piece
For the cover, we use the leftover paper produced while making the “Abdomen” screen-print, printed by 56Fili.
Hand bound by SHE.LAB in 2021
Nemo's began drawing as a child, later on recognizing this gesture as the most authentic way of expressing himself. In 2002 he started painting walls in abandoned spaces or factories; he then adopted the name of the main character of the book "Little Nemo in Slumberland" by cartoonist Winsor McCay. His first inspiration came from anatomy, biology and the comics books he found at home, together with science fiction movies and dystopian cyberpunk tales of the early 1980s. Since the very beginning he was interested in human beings as "social animals", which led him to define a prototype of a hominid describing the contradictions of our time: "Naked and devoid of any sign of civilization, the human being shows itself for what it really is: a defenseless creature at the mercy of nature and of itself without hierarchical structures, whose only purpose is to survive”. In a balance between wonder and repulsion, Nemo's thus describes contemporary society and tries to give a name to what surrounds him.
Nemo's art can be appreciated in numerous countries worldwide (Latin America, United States, India, Africa and Europe). His work is rich with social meanings and deals with realities that are usually marginalized, such as suburbia and prisons.
Between 2016 and 2017 he published two books with the Italian publisher Logos. The first one is a collection of drawings, and the second one deals with the lack of water issue around the world.
Paola Pompili (SHE.LAB) is an Art Director and Graphic Designer working for major communication agencies and publishing companies; she has been collaborating with Varsi since its opening and is in charge of the graphic and editorial image of the gallery. Her love and knowledge of paper is at the basis of all her creations; recently she has combined her various skills to set up an artisan bookbinding activity related to her editorial projects.
SHE.LAB creates her works by combining her passion for graphic art and publishing in editorial projects which involve different printing techniques, hand-made bindings and a careful selection of paper. Every element that shapes the final product is specifically designed to express the work of the artist at its best.