Hillestad presents 'Carnival Surround' through April 8

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"A Carnival Surround," an installation of textiles inspired by memories and interpretations of Brazilian Carnival by Thais Regina de Oliveira, is on display at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery through April 8.

The textiles are screen and intaglio printed, and represent the happiness, creativity and fantasy of carnival. The exhibition recalls the ebullient activity in social clubs, where people gather to dance and play dressed in costumes or colorful outfits.

The artist describes how the dance floor is decorated to create a fantasy world where people can have fun as part of a national celebration four days before Ash Wednesday. From Saturday until Tuesday parties and parades are held each night. When she left her mother country in 2006 to live in the United States, de Oliveira said she felt an emotion that has no direct translation into English, "saudade." This Portuguese word better expresses the longing, the nostalgia, the sorrow and the absence she felt.

With screen-printing bright, animated colors on silk fabric, she suggests the magnificent costumes made with sequins and feathers and invokes the confetti, rhythm, and characters of carnival. "All the feelings and images I had in my memory became part of my print designs," said de Oliveira, a master's degree candidate in the UNL Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design.

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- Wendy Weiss, Textiles, Clothing and Design

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