Multi-disciplinary artist and native Texan Renata Lucia explores memory, craft, and domesticity though a myriad of materials, mediums, and processes. Influenced by her familial heritage that includes outsider artists, writers, quilters, embroiderers, miniaturists, and a research scientist, Lucia systematically takes in information from our media-induced society, intricately weaving the current socio-political climate into her work.
Subjects range from traditional quilt patterns in encaustic interlaced with photographic images of the memory of an unknown person, to newspapers that have been manipulated to resemble our natural, organic surroundings. Recently, Lucia has been ironically referencing the connectivity between consumerism, advertising, graffiti, and the country’s current collective unconsciousness in relation to the now ubiquitous statement “Make American Great Again.”
Her work has been featured twice in the periodical New American Paintings, and is now part of the public collection of the International Women’s Museum in Marfa, TX. Additionally, she was a resident artist at Houston’s Project Row Houses, and was a recent award winner at the 2017 Lawndale Big Show.