What do you do to your trash? How many plastic bags do you use every day? And how many do you discard?
Painter Leonardo da Vinci specialized in the sfumato technique; Edvard Munch and Van Gogh invested in expressive strokes to calm their feelings. Monet tried to capture light when he painted. And Hokusai was the master behind the most replicated wood engravings around the world. But what did all those masters of painting had in common? Those artists didn’t know plastic materials. We know and use them today, they are found in all corners of the planet, polluting the seas, soiling beaches, and disturbing our look on our daily lives.
In 2019 I started this series, mainly composed of used plastic bags collected on the banks of Sao Paulo rivers, on the streets and in recycling cooperatives. My compositions use only fragments of colored plastic bags to replace brushes and oil paint. A new technique has been created, without using glue, paint or any other material, to compose artworks inspired by the most famous works in Art History.
Just as important paintings have been a part of our civilization for many years, the plastic material you discard in nature will take many years to disappear. The idea around this series is to reutilize plastic materials discarded in the landscape and to resignify their status as an artwork.
Mona Lisa (after Leonardo da Vinci), 2019
77 x 53 cm
Fruit and Tea poster (after Cézanne), 2019
50 x 60 cm
The Starry Night (after Van Gogh), 2019
74 x 92 cm
The Great Wave (after Hokusai), 2019
60 x 87 cm
The Scream (after Edvard Munch), 2019
91 x 74 cm
Water lilies (After Monet), 2019
70 x 80 cm