Negative Landscape 2017-
This new series of medium and small format oil paintings carry on reflecting on certain elements of the inhabited landscape, a subject matter that Renata had been working on for more than 5 years (see Deck Chairs Series). On this series the negative spaces as compositional elements are switched, making white shapes of the previously luscious green monster-like plants, floating on a given, unplanned background - canvas are usually recycled from previous (failed) paintings that Renata has scraped. On this series there is attempt to calling the attention on the central elements by making as “erased”, becoming conspicuous by their absence. The images that serve as Renata’s inspiration come from a recent photographical archive that depicts invasive species from warmer climates, flourishing around the streets of Renata’s home. The very first paintings from this series appeared in the aftermath of Brexit. Renata draws parallels between her own status as immigrant and these plants that flourish in a climate that should had been seemingly hostile, yet we cannot imagine our parks and gardens, public and private without these ornamental plants.