Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Redemption By Christina Mazza

Recology SF holds an Artist in Residency program for talented artists interested in transforming waste into art - good art, not just sculptures thrown together out of recycled plastic bottles. In January, one of the artists in residence was Christina Mazza, who typically draws with an ordinary ballpoint pen on various surfaces and creates works that are really quite extraordinary. She and Erik Otto spent from October 2009 to the end of January 2010 in the studio at Recology and showed their works at the end of their program. Christina's drawings are beautiful and the use of the recycled materials only adds to the quality and feeling of her pieces.

Her collection for her AIR program is titled Redemption, and is a series of drawings of children, balls of twisted yarn, and other discarded objects. They find redemption by living on in the art. She uses scrap wood to create the frames, old wooden crates edged in metal, metal griddles and vintage paper. She draws with pencil, ballpoint pen and charcoal stick.

Artist's Statement about Redemption
My own life's story compels me to find value in everyday, discarded objects. These items may be discarded by humans or by nature. I intuitively respond to the line, texture and composition of each object and disregard it's purpose or function. Once pulled out of context and presented alone, the object emits qualities of fragility, vulnerability and individual beauty. Every item I've drawn is meant to be closely examined. In doing so, the discarded object is acknowledged by the viewer and therefore redeemed. 

In creating my drawings, I often use a pencil, ballpoint pen or charcoal stick. These are the most humble and basic of implements. Using these common tools, I create sensitive, exquisitely-detailed and somewhat abstracted works that not only cause us to look at the environment around us differently, but cause us to closely examine our own impact on that environment.  


*Christina Mazza*
[Recology SF]
{Recology SF Flickr}