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Textile, environmental art.
Participatory, community based projects.
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. Sometimes the material takes the lead, other times the participants or the environment itself, resulting in a constant process of transformations, improvisation and exchange.
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, history.
She values, researches and utilise ancient practices: hand weaving, knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery, paper making. In her large scale, immersive installations slow paced production techniques are combined with new media: video and sound.
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. Since 2016 she has been developing her practice thanks to different AIR programs and exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia.