NAILS & THREAD
In his latest body of work, the Dutch artist Nemo Jantzen is combining skills obtained in the earlier years of his career as a painter, sketching his subjects on canvas or paper and learning about perspective, depth, contrast, and light. But instead of using conventional materials like charcoal and pencil, he is sketching his subjects using nothing but nails and one continuous thread.
By placing hundreds of stainless steel nails on a wooden board as his canvas, and using his photography as a road map, Nemo zigzags thread from nail to nail, layer over layer until magically his pieces take shape with a remarkable level of creativity and craftsmanship. By the use of delicate thread that cast subtle shades on the background, these dazzling pieces are not only extremely detailed, even photo-realistic; but also three dimensional, changing by the light cast and perspective of the beholder.
This new series sparked the immediate interest of Art collectors, journalists, interior designers, and art lovers alike from the moment he introduced the series to the public in 2018 at Art Miami.