Exercises in Delicacy
The three poetic-object-books in this series were created from discarded physical and digital materials related to old art projects. When these discarded materials were found again during the pandemic's lockdown phases, in efforts to clean-up the artist's studio—that is, outside the context that engendered them—the inoperative poetics of the images and the possibility of new readings were revealed.
Recycling materials means finding them strange, casting a lingering gaze over them like someone viewing them for the first time. An art project is never recreated; rather, it is always an expression of something that did not exist before.
These books are part of my investigations into the boundaries between art and design. Through them, I explore the meanings of forms and reiterate the importance of coordinating contemporary design with other areas of creative thought so that, more than just aestheticize and functionalize the world, we can revolutionize it.
Irene de Mendonça Peixoto
Escola de Belas Artes/ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Graduated in Design from the UFRJ School of Fine Arts, postgraduate from the École Supérieure des Arts Modernes - Paris, Masters from Escola de Comunicação of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Ph.D. from the Graduation Program in Visual Arts from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro. In 1979, she became a managing partner at the office she started from, Tira-Linhas Studio, wherein over 26 years of work she developed hundreds of graphic projects mainly in the fields of Fashion and Fine Arts. In 1992 became a professor in the Visual Communication course at EBA / UFRJ, conciliating her professional activities with design teaching.
In 2006, started her second office, Nucleo-i Designers Associados, where she continues to develop several commercial and cultural projects.
In 2017 started to minister classes in the Graduation Program in Visual Arts and Design at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, conducting researches and projects that operate at the front of Visual Arts and Design.