2019 Site-Responsive Art & Biennale Artist Elena Redaelli
Elena Redaelli
Norway/Italy
Polyporus versipaper
Environmental Art installation
Elena Redaelli is a nomadic maker and researcher. Her practice is based on textile sculpture and installation created through a deep relationship with place (environmental art) and society (participatory, socially engaged projects). In her projects she explores matter, transformation, processes of generation and decay involving different levels of control and challenging the boundaries of authorship and active intervention. The act of art making becomes an interrogative process within a new environment and her personal way to get closer to new cultures and people. The material is considered as a carrier of meaning, it is chosen for its potential to narrate stories, relate to people, place, tradition and history. She cares about environmental sustainability researching and promoting the use of natural, recycled and local materials, and she feeds her practice with multicultural influences. Elena holds a degree in Sculpture, Academy of fine art in Rome and a MFA from UCA, London.
Artist Elena Redaelli working on her installation
Polyporus versipaper is a new species of paper mushroom found in I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut, in September 2019. Meaning ‘of several paper’, versipaper reliably describes this paperfungus that displays different strata of human trashed memories. Its body is made out of layers of discarded books and documents, art magazines, auctions catalogues and newspapers. Its shape is meant to modify its features thanks to the interaction of injected mushroom spores, weather, sunshine, rain and wind. It may be eaten by caterpillars, maggots or wild animals. Interaction, connections, dynamism, fluidity and transformation are part of its life cycle.
Artist Elena Redaelli's environmental art installation
Artist Elena Redaelli's environmental art installation
Artist Elena Redaelli working on her environmental art installation
Close up view of Artist Elena Redaelli's environmental art installation
Artist Elena Redaelli's environmental art installation