WE RESTART is proud to present a 1 day workshop with Elisa Cantarelli, an established London artist who is currently representing the official Pavillon of San Marino at Venice Biennale.
To address environmental issues, we need to understand and learn about them. Education through art and creativity plays an important role not only for young people, but for the whole Community as it create a sense of belonging.
An art workshop is often perceived as a game, and this is its strength. Playing with creativity makes education an easier learning process even when talking about complicated topics such as plastic recycling or climate change.
The streets of our neighborhoods are unfortunately often invaded by plastic bottles and other items that are not recycled properly and are carelessly thrown on the ground. It is not just about decorum, but about awareness of how a single plastic bottle thrown on the ground contributes to the degradation of the entire food chain.
Through the workshop, WE RESTART aims to create a greener, cleaner and more sustainable borough. Together we can spread awareness and to fight for our planet’s health.
We aRe Plastic (WRP) is an educational program on single-use plastic recycling through creativity. Inspired by the action of obliteration by artist Yayoi Kusama, we give a new identity to a recycled plastic bottle.
Each participant is invited to bring a recycled transparent plastic bottle with the cap. They will remove labels and clean it. Then, they will start “dotting” the bottles with an impasto previously prepared. While the dots are drying (2 hours), we will discuss climate change and ideas to tackle recycling related issues.
After the lunch break, participants will continue to work on acetate sheets to create an abstract composition and assembling the bottles together to create the final installation. On the floor, the bottles will set together like the piece of a jigsaw. For an “aerial view” we will use a ladder to take pictures and videos of the installation.
At the end of the day, each participant can take home his/her own bottle.
Elisa Cantarelli was born in Fidenza (PR) in 1981. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, where she met Claudio Rosi Degli Esposti, who became her mentor. In 2006 she won the National Prize of Arts (Decoration), exhibiting at Arte Fiera Bologna 2007. She collaborates with several galleries, in Italy, in England and in Japan, taking part in group and solo exhibitions in Italy, England, France, Germany, Japan and South Korea. Her works have been exhibited in numerous art fairs, such as Arte Fiera Bologna, Par- is Photo, Art Fair Tokyo, ArtVerona, ArtePadova, Affordable Art Fair (Milan, Hamburg, Hong Kong). In 2009 she moved to London, where she still lives and works. “Dotting” is the name of the technique that distinguishes her research. A meditative process in which the drops fall, color on color, tone on tone, creating a three-dimensional surface of dots that involves the user both from the point of view of visual and tactile perception. The artist loves to experiment with her “dots” using different materials and media, trying to push the limits to find out where her work can go. “Sustainability” with reuse, relocation and transformation are at the core of her most recent production. Giving new artistic identity to objects of common use is the starting point of the new line of research. For Parma Capitale della Cultura she designed We are Plastic - Message in a Bottle, a collective action that can generate change. Actively directed towards the connection between art, sustainability and people, she still collaborates with companies and clients who support and embrace the values she communicates.
Elisa Cantarelli represents the San Marino Pavillon at the 59 Venice Biennial with the installation WRP - WITHout esSENZA.