While Patrizia Casagranda initially worked in acrylic and made collages, the multi-layered grid, through which she presses the motif in... Read More
While Patrizia Casagranda initially worked in acrylic and made collages, the multi-layered grid, through which she presses the motif in different colors through a wide-meshed screen, has now become her distinguishing feature. At the invitation of Peter Wilms, with whom she has shared a studio in Holland for 20 years, she traveled to India. There she met the garbage girl from the Indian snake caste, the Kabelia, who left her garbage finds, which she in turn used literally as the basis of her work. The idea of a piece of "wall on the wall" was born, the recycled materials 'from the street', such as truck tarpaulins, jute, fabric, paper or cardboard parts, are "15 to 20, sometimes more." “Layers of painting superimposed, which consists of a mortar-plaster mixture enriched with pigments. In doing so, Casagranda makes use of the artistic breadth that graffiti has to offer. Stencils, grids, sprayed and painted areas can be found next to and on top of each other in combination with type fragments that she takes from different contexts. It can be a poem just like Charlie Chaplin's speech from the film The Great Dictator. The fact that Casagranda uses graffiti techniques without coming from this scene shows how far this artistic counter-movement has made it into the mainstream of the art world. Banksy is not the only example
for the museum passability of this young art movement, Casagranda also proves with her way of working that the transitions are fluid and the viewer has got used to the "used" character of works of art. Casagranda does not come from the street ‘, but she uses her means and methods, which is why she can definitely be attributed to Urban Art. She ultimately came to painting through history, or rather through Roman history: “The paintings in Pompeii can be described as ancient street art. I was fascinated by the aging process of these paintings and used my own technique to transfer them to our times. "