I like to define myself as an eco-artivist or RUBBISH ARTIST. Torn between optimism and surrender, I am haunted by the idea of mankind’s imminent self-destruction. Yet, I believe in a future for humanity of resourceful innovation through re-thinking, re-purposing and reducing. It is this hope that is made visible through my work, which is composed almost entirely of rubbish and ‘found’ material. My art invites us to reconsider the everyday, where we place value and how small changes could make big impacts.
I thoroughly enjoy working within both the ethical and the material limitations which this choice entails, working with material which often take years to gather (be it from the street, a friend or my own bin). They call for a constant and ingenuous shift in tools (ranging from scissors to a saw, from wheel-cutters to hammer & hardie), adhesives and arrangements: but every tessera I manage to create out of rubbish makes it all worth it, as it is in itself a protest against the disposable lifestyle we currently lead, and cries out the urgency I feel for reminding us of our indissoluble interdependence with the ecosystem, reiterating the urgency for a swift move to an all-encompassing circular economy.
Whilst keeping my carbon footprint to the bare minimum, it also allows me to provide a different perspective on what society generally sees as rubbish: in my world, rubbish acquires new uses, value and meanings, and becomes the undisputed protagonist of my artworks, as fun and beautiful a Cinderella as I can master it to be. And this is what I believe sets my practice apart: using rubbish as a true substitute of prime material and restoring its value as the product of ingenious processes of transformation and employment of precious resources, rather than as a mere demonstration of its abundance and abuse, and my capacity to transform it into unrecognizable tiles for my artworks.
I hope to inspire real change, however small, one small piece of rubbish at a time, and to bring us closer to the belief that we need to move from an unsustainable anthropocentric society to one focused on the whole eco-system, where actions are taken for the common good of the whole.
I have recently resumed my fondness for photography, which I decided to abandon before the digital era, due to the pollution involved in development techniques. I am currently working on layered artwork, where I use photography to create multi-layered messages which develop around my 3D artworks.
PAYMENT IN KIND(NESS)
I have participated in over 60 art exhibitions internationally. I have received over 30 awards and appeared on a dozen publications. In May 2018 I launched the Payment in Kind(ness) initiative, whereby I accept eco-friendly gestures (LiThs = “Little Things”) as payment in kind toward my artwork.
Ironically, my Little Things exhibition was censored within the first week of opening, as it was found to be “too controversial” by some of the estate residents.
ART for TRASH
I recently launched my "Art for Trash" initiative, as part of what I named the "ArtWORKivism" movement. The aim is to bring eco-artivism inside business offices, and to stimulate ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS and RESPONSIBILITY in the professional sphere, spreading the belief that they are pervasive and necessary in all aspects of our lives. It involves the employees collecting a selection of their office daily rubbish, which I then use to make an artwork for their office. The pilot project was run with Bluefield Partners, a thriving business with strong ethical and environmental values, which enthusiastically embraced the initiative in their London City office.
I am happily available for pro bono collaborations with environmental organisations. Making the world a better place through art, in all possible ways, is my biggest hope.