Ingrid Bittar

by Julia Lima

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Ingrid Bittar was born in Rio de Janeiro, in 1989, and her visual production began in 2012, already investigating the possibilities of collage. The artist always uses images found in books, but also occasionally in magazines, exhibition catalogs and other printed materials. His first series were profuse compositions full of elements, sometimes conflicting, sometimes adjusted, always in a small format; there was very little or no room for emptiness. With some production time, the clippings decreased and the level of complexity of the collages increased considerably.

Some elements that were already repeated continue to be shown frequently: religious figures, architecture and internal environments, flowers, plants, birds and other animals populate the collages in the most varied combinations. In addition, body parts, inanimate objects, and references to art history (such as characters painted in the notorious altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck or Venus by Boticelli) also make up Bittar's meticulous articulations, which creates surreal chimeras and scenes so unusual that , as bizarre as they may seem, they are perfect and make sense within the logic of the works. In more recent series, the artist began to use neutral backgrounds, with the figures highlighted against white or black backgrounds, also venturing into more ambitious dimensions and more intricate and delicate compositions.

Finally, the domestic dimension and the feminine sphere are obvious or present subjects in the subtext of the works, reiterated until today. Since 2015, Bittar's research has also been deployed in other supports, expanding the scope of the work. Seeking alternatives to collage, she began to make small embroideries, which at first sight might seem far from the fundamental material of her production, paper, but which were a natural consequence of the process: the technique deals directly with the sphere of the domestic, of the feminine, and the subjects chosen also echo this universe.

Ingrid Bittar graduated in Industrial Design from PUC-Rio and was a student at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts. In 2014, she was selected for 89plus hosted at MAM-Rio, organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets. His work is part of the Gilberto Chateaubriand collection and the permanent collection at MAM-Rio, having been included in two exhibitions at the museum; “New Acquisitions 2012 – 2014” and “See and Be Seen”. In 2016 she was nominated for the PIPA Prize.

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