EDVÂNIA RÊGO, PRINTING ARTIST. ART AS A LIFE COMMITMENT.
To talk about Edvânia Rêgo’s work is to talk about the creative process in its fullness: the use of technique, extreme sensitivity, intense and continuous research.
Edvânia has a trajectory of more than twenty years, she works as an art teacher and in recent years she has implemented and coordinates the Ateliê Natureza Impressa (Nature Printing Studio) in the city of Santo André.
In her graduating process, she had the objective of acting as an educator, but in this path she is awarded in Art Shows and is gradually getting involved in the cultural circuit as well as an artist. This recognition that she appropriated, as an artist, only happens recently, according to her own words in an interview granted to the project Voz na Casa (Voice in the House) from @ateliecasasete. It is worth noting that we are dealing here with her self-recognition as an artist, since from the beginning her production already pointed to a consistent and powerful structure, whether due to the mastery of technique or the poetics operated in the use of color.
The contact with engraving, in its alternative forms of printing, such as mixed media or monotype, are objects of interest and adopted as a form of artistic work. Printmaking presupposes serial production, but Edvânia dedicates herself to unique ways of printing, due to the possibility of diversity in the results.
In another aspect, in fact complementary and fundamental, is the contact with nature, not as an idyllic vision, but as a process of expanding the repertoire and technical resource for creation. Using leaves, branches, twigs as a basis for production, she begins a search for methods to print from plant matrices. She dedicates herself to learning, by experimentation, in a situation like an alchemist, to identify the colors, textures and effects obtained according to the type of plant she uses and which method is used for transferring images.
Two techniques have special attention and are expressive in her recent production, as a result of her research. One technique is botanical printing, which in a cooking process transfers pigment from the plant to paper or fabric. The other process is gelatin printing, which has a unique transparency and lightness.
The place of creation is also a classroom. Teaching is a form of poetic enjoyment, which gives new meaning to students, who for example collect leaves for the artist to use in her works.
The artist, the teacher and the woman are intertwined in her figure, there are no
The creation of Ateliê Natureza Impressa (Printing Nature Studio) is a milestone of this inspiring journey, which opens a new page in the possibilities of creative processes and also as a rupture in the vision of the great ABC as an industrial area, but in fact as an important pole of art and culture.
Her trajectory shows us the clear commitment of the artist who goes beyond curricula and circuits. It asserts itself fully as a choice of life and affirmation of the vital and real need for art as a transforming element of society.
The imprinted nature of life in each of us.