Only Drawing Allowed
Tropico Camuflado 2012-15
An invitation to a solo show in Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela, took Renata to design a proposal where large format charcoal drawings would be the main body of work. For this one-woman exhibition TROPICO CAMUFLADO, 2013-14, Renata started the series ATC of charcoal drawings. Up to that moment, Renata had been making very large charcoal drawings of soldiers hiding in a luscious landscape, exploring the inherent painterly qualities of the soldiers' camouflage. Yet from the very first drawing for the show not soldier ever appeared again! The dark and broody depictions of plants, based on a personal photographic archive, had become a metaphor of absent soldiers. The intense period dedicated to these series developed an interest in landscape as artistic genre and the observation of the plants' engineering and life cycle. Fourteen drawings were part of the exhibition. The whole series expands to twenty five drawings, of which only 13 remain available.