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Frida Kahlo by artist Jane Perkins. “I am a re-maker, I take inspiration from the found objects and turn them into something new.”


    11 August 2019

    Milan, By Franco Lorenzon @nonsolook

    For the first time in Italy the works of the English artist Jane Perkins in an exclusive exhibition revealed how beauty can come from what is mistakenly considered garbage.

    To raise awareness, inspire good daily habits, attract concrete sustainability initiatives and still enjoy zero-impact works of art, made using commonly used materials.

    These were the goals of “La Ri-forma dell’Arte” (The Art Re-form), the project promoted by the RomaEst Shopping Center which presented the exhibition of the artist Jane Perkins for the first time in Italy, as well as training workshops also (especially) for children on the importance of recycling.

    The theme of respect for the environment and ecology is increasingly felt and, based on this common sentiment, RomaEst decided to stimulate a greater awareness of how important recycling and reuse of materials otherwise destined for the landfill are. 

    Jane Perkins demonstrates that with the imagination and creativity everyday materials destined for the landfill can become works of great artistic value says the Director of the RomaEst Shopping Center Marco Torresan - With the project “La riforma dell’Arte” we want to renew and expand the role that art has in the social fabric, make it more accessible and usable by all cultural languages, and above all directly involve the visitors of the Center in such a current theme through training and educational moments, thanks to the laboratories”.


    In nature there is no concept of <<waste>>. All that is waste, if it has natural characteristics, is absorbed by the environment and put back into circulation: this is the lesson that nature gives us and this is also the starting point of the art of Jane Perkins, to use anything, toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewels, as means for his contemporary artistic reinterpretations.

    Each work was accompanied by a descriptive caption, containing curiosities and anecdotes relevant to the realization of the single <<canvas>> (for example, times of realization of the work, numbers of buttons used, selection of particular elements).


    “I am a re-maker, I take inspiration from the found objects and turn them into something new.”

    Every picture by Jane Perkins is totally made from waste material, taking advantage of the nuances of every single object used, without ever using paint or colors of any kind in addition.

    In her works are reproduced works of classical art, icons and characters belonging to different areas, from sports to reality, up to the world of entertainment. Everything is used in the right size and shape, they are objects that give color to the work and make it particular in its details.

    An artist undoubtedly endowed with a notable sensibility for the colors that knows to organize wisely the various shades and to assemble in the most natural way possible to create a truly amazing optical effect, both from near and from far away. A method compared several times to impressionist artists, which lead us to visualize a face or an object thanks to the first impression given by the colors, rather than the delineation of a precise line. 

    A concrete example of social art, where beauty comes from what we mistakenly considerate junk...


    “I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.” (Andy Warhol).

    In recent times we often refer to the ‘four Rs’ which refer to the actions REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and RECOVER. All elements that make up the Circular Economy (best possible environmental option).

    Italy – according to data published by Eurostat – is the head as a leader in the Recycling of materials, placing itself ahead of France, United Kingdom and Germany. In this context, <Italy is a real excellence, with positive data in almost all supply chains, as evidenced by the report “Italy of Recycling 2018”.

    According to the Foundation for Sustainable Development, “Recycling in Italy is at good levels and continues to grow. The transposition of the new package of European Directives for the circular economy must be implemented with the utmost care, involving the stakeholders, so that it is a tool for further progress, avoiding regulatory mistakes that could instead cause difficulties and setbacks. The crisis situation – from the fires of some plants to deficiencies and inefficiencies in management – which still involve significant realities, starting from Rome, can be tackled by taking advantage of the many good experiences now in Italy. Avoiding seeing only the tree that falls and not the growing forest. The Italy of Recycling 2018 returns, with data relating to all the significant recycling chains, an image of a dynamic sector that generates good results, both environmental and economic”.

    In 2017, separate waste collection in Italy reached 55.5%, and municipal waste recycling reached 44% (respectively + 3% and + 2% compared to 2016. Recycling of packaging waste reached 8.8 million tonnes (+ 3.7% compared to 2016), 67.5% on consumption, exceeding the target imposed by the new directive before 2025.

    As you can see, there are many reasons to check out Jane Perkin´s body of work. An opportunity to admire how much beauty can be born from what is erroneously considered junk. A subject to share with those around us, young and old, raising awareness of a very important issue such as recycling with zero-impact works.




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