BIO: Renata is the daughter of a writer/outsider artist and a research scientist, and the granddaughter of a visionary outsider artist, and quilters/embroiderers; this lineage frequently manifests in her multi-disciplinary practice. She is a Rice University and Glassell School of Art, MFAH graduate.
BIO: I was born in Esbjerg in 1954, and from here my world goes. Now I reside in Guldager, a little village outside Esbjerg, where I also work and have my studio. For decades. I have worked with masks (faces) and sculptures in different materials, such as leather, PVC, granite, gypsum, wood, clay and bronze. Currently, I am working in bronze and with mask and torsos. I get my inspiration during travel, most often from people I meet - only in a glimpse and often as mirror image in a window. I form my work in clay and it is in this process, the masks are created and get the life I want to pass on to the finished bronze masks and torsos. And recently, I have started painting.
Collaboration & Response Gallery:
Renata Lucia collaboration start
Renata's response to the collaboration
Erik Brønberg's collaboration start
Erik's response to the collaboration
As Houston was hunkering down for a tropical storm landfall, I was released from work and started my collaboration. Although the storm looked terrible on radar, it was mild. I happily captured differing rain patterns on paper, and sewed/crocheted them together; Rain Day referenced weather, quilts, and domesticity, literally of Houston and my hand. As I tried to explain my piece to my collaborator, another organizer responded that it captured unplanned hyggeligt. I learned of the Danish concept hygge, which could be considered “coziness of the soul” arising from experiencing material and psychological comforts, both with friends or centered in yourself. I was struck by how hyggeligt meetings of both artist groups nourish their members, even as comfort zones can be antithetical to artistic processes. I explored this duality in vignettes of sewn and crocheted letters.
It was a challenging and long process for me to work on someone else‘s art since I‘m not a painter but a sculptor.
I took as a starting point in Renate’s thoughts of the picture, which symbolizes the stormy weather, and painted “the man in the clouds” there breathes to the life and the people in the city.