How we subjectively see and perceive our physical environment, and how this vision contrast with the collective imaginary or with the imaginary which is imposed on us?
Is the imaginary reliable?
How our feeling of “home” works, considering that our identity is constantly changing?
These questions accompanied me in the last years.
I research on identity and the self, especially in relation to the territory (inner landscape, natural landscape, contemporary urban environment).
I am attracted by the invisible of the abstract, as a theme and as a limit of the representation.
The abstract is the macro system, the invisible structure but also the desire, the ideal.
As well, I am interested in observing the “concrete” aspect of our environment.
The concrete is the effect, the material, the physical, the ordinary, the surface but also the body.
Images and design are interdependent in my work as an artist and professional. As an artist working with photography, I consider it as a “fluid” medium. That means that I see the artwork as the result of design work, in so far as an essential part of the process.
In these years, I explored the book form as artistic practice, using the editing and the materials (paper, printing techniques) to create meaning. I am currently working on widening my practice through installations, photographic sculptures, and objects between art and design.
Silvia Renda is a visual artist and editorial graphic designer, who uses photography and design with an interdisciplinary approach. Through self-initiated projects, commissions and collaborations, she carries out her research on images, imaginary, and imagination, especially in relation to the territory.
Silvia studies visual codes to make an aware and creative use of images. She has collaborated with artists, publishers and cultural institutions, carrying out editorial projects, visual identities and experiential workshops on art. After living and working in Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands, she is now based in Barcelona.
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