Roberta Masciarelli – Dallas, Texas

Natura Mechanica:  Wall hanging assemblage sculpture with found objects & repurposed materials Size: 21X19X4in 		2015

Natura Mechanica:
Wall hanging assemblage sculpture with found objects & repurposed materials
Size: 21X19X4in
2015

Briefly describe the work you do. 

I build spaces which allow the viewer’s eyes to travel along the construction which in turn tell stories.

Tell us about your background and how that has had an influence on your work and on you as an artist.

I have a bachelor degree in Architecture. And although I never worked as an architect, I carry this knowledge in everything I do.

I am used to planning what I want as the end result. I think about the structure of the piece itself: how it is going to last, not break and be in balance.

My style is loosely based on Brutalism – a short tendency in Architecture in the 50’s-70’s timeframe.

On that school of thought the infrastructure of a building was not hidden. Au contraire, eletric wires, conduits, plumbing and other details were apparent to the user, making them a part of the visual result. 

I like to show how I put my piece together. 

Most of time the use of glue is restricted to a minimum and all the screws and mending plates are visible. 

The electrical components are there, but sometimes having different uses. The beauty is in the knowledge and truth. The use of found objects are the main focus in my creations. 

Rahu Kalam Calculator:  Wall hanging assemblage sculpture with found objects  41 x 15 x 4in - with pendant  		2014

Rahu Kalam Calculator:
Wall hanging assemblage sculpture with found objects
41 x 15 x 4in – with pendant
2014

The concept of the artist studio has a broad range of meanings in contemporary practice. Artists may spend much of their time in the actual studio, or they may spend very little time in it. Tell us about your individual studio practice and how it differs from or is the same as traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

My studio is like an extension of my house, I have to go there everyday, besides the weekends.

My routine is about 4 to 5 hours per day. More than that becomes a bit overwhelming for my hands and arms -the need of strength and at the same time, control in manipulating the objects…

What roles do you find yourself playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

I quit working with computers as a graphic/web designer and I’ve started painting. I thought this was enough for me as an artist but it was not.

When do you find is the best time to make art? 

Afternoons seem to be the optimal timeframe.

Do you set aside a specific time everyday or do you have to work whenever time allows?

I have many projects in my mind and not enough time to execute them, it is like running against time…

But I work 4-5 hours per day. More than that can be quite challenging physically.

Phoenix:  Wall hanging assemblage sculpture with found objects and painting on canvas  11x17x4.5in 		2013

Phoenix:
Wall hanging assemblage sculpture with found objects and painting on canvas
11x17x4.5in
2013

How has your work changed in the past five years? How is it the same?

From pure paintings I’ve started to add materials and then, they become mixed media. Later the found objects came and my art became tridimensional

How have people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers, other artists or even pop icons had an impact on the work you do?

My husband always gave me his full support and I thank him for that. Music, metaphysical concepts, spirituality and sci-fi is are non ending fuel sources for my creativity. 

Have you ever been pulled in the direction of a pursuit other than being an artist? What are your other interests?

Yes, I thought in pursuing Healing Arts like Energy works, QiGong and Chinese Medicine but Art has prevailed.

About

Rob_April2015-640Roberta Masciarelli has been a graphic designer/visual artist for about 25 years.

Her early career started in Sao Paulo, Brazil – where she is from originally.
There she worked for many advertising agencies and book publishers in addition to various free lance projects.

After relocating to Dallas in 1999, for about 10 years she continued her design career working assignments in North Texas, doing graphic and web design for several companies.

Her art are wall hanging sculptures created from found objects mixed with paintings. Her art has been exhibited in art events within the US in Dallas, Washington DC and New York.

Internationally, she has exhibited in collective shows in England, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Spain,Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand and Bosnia, Japan & Italy.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, from Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her art studio at the Valley View Mall is open to public view.

Hours: Mon-Friday 2-6:00 PM or by appointment.

Address: 13331 Preston Rd – Studio C

Dallas, TX, 75240

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robbiemas.com

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

 

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