Trash. That’s one thing all human beings have in common. For artist Renata de Andrade it’s the one thing she chooses to make art about and with, on two continents, South America and Europe. More specifically, within Brazil and The Netherlands. With exhibitions in galleries and museums as well as street interventions in multiple Brazilian cities, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Renata’s art practice takes form in both public and private space.
(Newsface43, 2008, acrylic and latex on cardboard by Renata de Andrade)
Through murals, assemblage, sculpture, graffiti, photographs, two and three dimensional painting, drawing, and installation, garbage is re-configured, re-used, re-purposed and believe it or not, made quite beautiful. The natural trajectory of trash from public space, where it is purchased as a product, to private consumption, to it’s ultimate voyage back into public space, the trash dump, ends for most of us in a mystery. However, for Renata, this is where trash becomes a subject of inquiry and her artwork becomes a glaring metaphor for what it means to consume, generate waste and recycle.
(Marp2, 2006, spraypaint, garbage bag filled with plastic bottles by Renata de Andrade)
Renata has exhibited work in galleries and museums including, Museu de Arte Moderna (São Paulo), Museu Victor Meirelles (Florianópolis), Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará (Fortaleza), Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto, Museu de Arte de Londrina, in Brazil, and Jan Cunen Museum (Oss) and Arti et Amicitiae (Amsterdam), in The Netherlands. To view more of Renata’s work click here.
(Renata de Andrade (left) and Streetpiece01, 2008, cardboard boxes (right))
For more on the trajectory of our consumption and the mystery of garbage when it’s not made into art click here.