Helga Stüber - Nicolas was born in Hanover, Germany.
She lives and works in Montpellier, in the south of France.
She discovered her love of colour pencil as an art student in Paris.
The repetition of stroke and gesture in her graphite drawings brings her to concentrate her interest on the tool pencil.
She 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.
Working with this delicate material stimulates thoughts that the artist also hopes to arouse in those who view her works. Her objects are intended to encourage people to reflect on the fragility of matter and become aware of how transitory our existence is. Choosing fragile elements, she goes to the limit of tension of the art work and provokes fear of the irremediable. A questioning about immateriality and the intimate relationship to substance.
The work of the artist does not only implicate a research of new occupation of space, but of resistance of material. Choosing fragile elements, she goes to the limit of tension of the art work and provokes fear of the irremediable. A reflection on the fragility of matter, of how transitory our existence is.
In our world which becomes more and more virtual, the pencil, an often neglected object in our daily life ,returns to another life through the sensibility of the artist. A questioning about immateriality and the intimate relationship to substance.