Elaine Arruda

by Julia Lima

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Elaine Arruda is an artist from Pará who lives between Belém and São Paulo. His production primarily occupies the field of engraving, but on a monumental scale. Initially trained in psychology, she founded Atelier do Porto, as well as Coletivo Apparatus, both in Belém. Master in Visual Arts by ECA-USP and doctoral student by the same program, Arruda has been researching the expanded possibilities of recording using industrial equipment in a metallurgical plant in the port region of the capital of Pará.

The plates used by the artist are always at least 1 meter wide and up to 3 meters long, and receive interventions from heavy tools (hammers, solders, machetes, chisels, sledgehammers), in addition to depending on large calenders for the printing process. Artistic presses generally have restricted sizes, and the use of equipment of this caliber allowed Arruda to develop a large-scale graphic investigation. The result of these experiments are dark abstracted landscapes built by the violent marks of the matrices. Paper carries fine marks, areas of depression, and even tears and holes inflicted by the plate. His works are often composed of series of engravings that, aligned, add up to 13 meters in length, in continuous landscapes that sometimes recall the forest, sometimes ships in the port, sometimes organic prints and decals.

But Arruda also develops other research parallel to his work with printmaking, using languages such as drawing and watercolor, as well as installation and urban intervention. One of his most recent projects was the creation of “Mastarel”, a kind of adornment for masts of boats typical of the Marajó region (called 'mastarel'), which has no naval function, just aesthetics. The artist produced, together with shipwright João Aires, a large colorful and illuminated mast, installed at the top of the Mercado do Porto do Sal de Belém. Documentation of the work is currently on display at Centro Cultural São Paulo, as part of the 2018 Exhibition Program.

Elaine Arruda is a PhD student and Master in Visual Poetics at ECA/USP (University of São Paulo). Visual artist and educator, works as a teacher in arts in the field of drawing and engraving. It was included in the 2018 Exhibition Program of the Centro Cultural São Paulo; with the FCP Experimentation, Research and Artistic Dissemination Award, in 2016; and in the National Funarte Visual Arts Program 12th edition, in 2015. Received the 2013 Funarte Scholarship and the Research and Artistic Experimentation Scholarship, IAP, in 2010 and 2013. He held residencies at JA.CA (Jardim Canada), Belo Horizonte; at the Center d'artiste Engramme (Méduse) and at the Center for the Study of Printed Image Press Papier, in Québec, Canada. He participated in individual and collective exhibitions, among them: Salão Arte Pará 2014; Circuit of the Arts 2014, Project Triangulations; Cheido de Vazio, Instituto Tomie Ohtake; Hanging Landscape, SESC Boulevard, Belém; Intimate Immensity, Casa das 11 Janelas Museum, Belém; Vague images must be confronted with clear gestures, Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade; Other visible things on paper, Galeria Leme, São Paulo; North Wind, Galeria Gravura Brasileira, São Paulo.

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