Through meticulous observation of materials, the artistic research conducted by Felipe de Ávila Franco (Brazil, 1982) follows non-linear methods to examine objects, spaces, and events, assessing the tensions and meanings they embody once taken through the artistic process.
Through the lens of environmental aesthetics, his work addresses concern with the socio-environmental crisis, exploring the boundaries between mediums and materials such as petrochemical residues and contaminated soil collected from regions of large-scale industrial activity or where environmental disasters have been reported. These materials are incorporated by his artistic process and through the combination of traditional and experimental techniques, they are transfigured into sculptures, ceramic series, video, installations, and electromechanical systems, besides other interventions.
Through the combination of traditional and experimental sculpture techniques, his work approaches materialities that can translate the industrial dystopia of our current times. The artist approaches sculpture as a practice that can materialize temporalities and dimensions to reflect on the encounter between the scales of the human, the nonhuman, and the planet.
His artistic process addresses art as a tool to awake new perspectives of knowledge, establishing interdisciplinary links between arts, social and natural sciences. Throwing a critical look over the environmental emergency, his work evokes art as a mechanism to activate a deeper discussion on the human conflict with itself and over the idea of 'nature' as something external or separate from the human.
"The residues produced by industrial activity become increasingly permanent and capable of shaping landscapes, affecting perception, human behavior, and social relations. My work invites reflections on these issues by evaluating the tensions and meanings found in the residues and in the contamination produced by ourselves as a society, highlighting the human and the environment as interdependent entities."
Currently, the artist works based in Helsinki-FI and develops his work between South America and Europe. His works integrate distinct collections such as the Museum of Brazilian Art, in São Paulo-BR, and the Finnish National Gallery Kiasma, in Helsinki-FI.