LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Renata Pelegrini has a BFA in Plastic Arts, BAs in Language Teaching and in Education. She is also a translator and has a Neurolinguistics Diploma. Having majored in painting, Renata has worked her expression around figuration and abstraction, using this layer-in-between to communicate her belief in a more porous experience not only in art but also for a new world to come.
Calligraphy was one of Pelegrini’s triggers to her artistic work back then in New York. The massive training in this field later on, in Italy and Switzerland, has intensified the awareness of the movements of the hand and body, such as pressure, direction and angulation. And this continuous exercise has guided the artist in her process for more than twenty-five years.
As painting became more familiar, Renata transformed the calligraphic metric into free and intuitive brush movements when she returned to her home country, Brazil. In this sense, thick and quick brush strokes brought about structures with which places were visually constructed. Settings like these have always gone beyond the limits of plain representation and prepared the background where the practice of the unconscious, the memory and the observation have so far coexisted.
More recently and particularly during the pandemic, Renata’s research has focused on the Anthropocene era and the tensions that cross our habitat in the present time_ when the destruction of the environment has reach unprecedented levels. Such issues have brought the far from serene expression of the artist to encounter the pressures of gravity of being on earth. And through the artist’s expression, the city grid started sharing space with the lines of the horizon.
As she works, Pelegrini leaves marks, and the process is kept clear even when her expression moves toward installation, where the experience with the context is revealed both in her poetics and in the presentation of the work. This decision imprints in the artwork itself the object. This happened in 2018 when the table used to make the drawings or even rubbings and clay molds of the architecture of the city of Lisbon were in the artistic residency presentation at HANGAR in Portugal. In 2020 was the moment when pharmaceutical adhesive bandages were used to tie pieces of paper to make Renata’s caring attitude and concerned thoughts vocal: how can art contribute to discussions about new ways of living in this planet?
Memory, experience, awareness and time are issues that make up Renata Pelegrini’s expression.
WHO I AM
Looking for art expressions that can connect people to think better ways to live in this planet.
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