"I create art out of recycled paper. I reuse office paper, magazines and phonebooks, in order to create wall reliefs, sculptures and vases. To achieve that, I use paper rolled into tubes as the building blocks of my work. The result showcases a distinct signature and meaningful personal experiences."
Eloa Jane was born in a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. From an early age, she demonstrated ability in the arts and crafts. She painted, sculpted, played the guitar and even toured with her Bossa Nova quartet. It was this artistic facet and a passion for mathematics that drove her to acquire a degree in Architecture. She was an architect for 25 years and boasts an impressive portfolio. Despite the apparent success things were never easy for Eloa Jane. Weary from the economic obstacles in Brazil, she moved to the US in 2005 and spent a decade working hard to rebuild a life for herself and her children. The challenges in this new season once again brought out her artistic bent. Being in a new country, grasping a new language and having to relearn how to perform the simplest of tasks, can easily make one feel inadequate. Eloa Jane suffered with the sort of ailments that afflict the soul more than the body. Moreover, it is difficult to remain cheerful in the face of uncertainty about the future.
The struggle, for Eloa Jane, was an outlet, a means of processing through pain and grief. Art became more than a pastime. She emerged with a heightened need to create and a sense that her happiness did not come from the pursuit of financial comfort and convenience. Rather, it came from filling her days with meaningfulness, resourcefulness and self-actualization. With little money to buy supplies, she chose paper, specifically the piles of paper stuffed into mailboxes daily, as her way of creating art. This satisfies Eloa Jane’s need to, in her own words, “find fulfilment in creating meanings rather than owning disposables.” Using an endless supply of trash, she can spread awareness while making an impact on saving the earth’s resources starting with her own lifestyle. The resulting work is instrumentalist in function, imploring the viewer to take stock of our wasteful practices, but at its core, it expresses a distinct sense of hopefulness about the future.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist