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enhanced monoprints

This body of work comprises enhanced monoprints. They are very much work from the pandemic.

Renata started to make them during the first lockdown, as she struggled - like many artists - with homeschooling of two young children, household chores, losing income through lockdown restrictions that made impossible for her to teach... on top of her trying to carry on working on her art... 


The sessions in the studio became immediately less frequent, and only possible during the evenings.

Renata switched her oils and her usually slow and intricate paintings, from the immediacy of gel plates monoprints and techniques and materials from street art. Using acrylic  paint, stencils, texturing combs (for cakes icing) gel plates are a fast, strange, hit and miss technique where Renata built a sizeable bulk of prep work.

This is not a technique she approa
ches to get finished works.  Renata took works home to enhanced them  on her kitchen table. Renata incorporated the acrylic ink, coloured pencils and back in the studio, the spray paint.

The imaginary of this prolific body of work comes from her other past and ongoing series: monster-like plants rom her tropical urban jungle, deckchairs and other outdoor furniture concrete blocks from urban and poolsides... These landscapes, constructed over unplanned/uncontrolled textured backgrounds, used the collage mentality / method  by positioning figurative elements (stencils). Narrative stays static, as with her other work, where plants and furniture act as signifiers.

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