VAM 36 | Artist Profile: Rena Sava

Name: Rena Sava
Title of work: “Cityscape”

Meet the artists in VAM 36!

Visual Arts Mississauga 36th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 16 – February 22, received 209 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 52 artists to be in the show.

Until the end of the exhibition, the AGM blog will feature VAM 36 artists. Learn about the thinking behind the works in the exhibit, and see the works in person at the AGM!

In this post, the AGM blog features Rena Sava, who will have a solo exhibition at the AGM in the XIT-RM from November 6 – January 1.

 1.      Tell us about your work in VAM 36. Give us an idea of the conceptual framework you used in creating this piece. What inspired it? Why did you choose to use that particular medium? Why that particular perspective, set of colours, subject matter, etc.

Seeing patterns and design in the play and shapes of light and shadow on structures, spaces and openings and how light deconstructs and alters their proportions and planar relationships has been a developing interest leading to my current series.

When I find a subject that interests me in those ways, I set to work simplifying and altering the design, particularly the proportions of space and shape, as well as the interplay of planes and line. I work in layers, which is well suited to printmaking and allows me to layer up translucent colours in order to create new and unexpected colour relationships.

My current series (which I think of as deconstructions of structures) is made up of relief reduction prints, each piece using a styrofoam matrix, re-carved and reduced after printing each colour. I enjoy the physical experience of carving the styrofoam plates and also how the styrofoam behaves, breaking down more with each colour printing, so that there is a building collection of marks on the surface made by the process, not by me. That combination of applying my intention with adapting to those process-based “accidents” is why I’ve chosen to focus on this approach.

2.      How would you describe your creative process? How has your style changed since you started, and what do you think is the reason behind the change?

My style changes with the growth and development of my work.

3.      If time and money were no object, what artistic project would you like to undertake? What about this project fascinates you, and how do you think it will engage the viewer?

I would like to undertake a print installation.

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