Belgian artist Adele Renault (before) has the unparalleled ability to turn an urban nuisance into an exceptionally beautiful creature. Their oversized pigeons grace walls in cities around the world, creating public works of art that celebrate their favorite subjects in precisely the places where they are often overlooked and disregarded.
A few years ago, Renault started what she calls “Wandering the Macro World”, a company that shifted her focus to the individual springs she always found most alluring. “The texture is more dazzling and fascinating than showing the whole thing,” she says. “In a sense, the feathers have become my own language. I’m creating them now without photo reference, more like a meditative practice that creates texture and softness as a result. ”Her murals have since moved away from depicting full of birds and instead focus on clusters of feathers and the individual barbs that are in layers and Tufts sprout.
Although Renault is committed to realistic shapes, their newer artwork plays with color, injecting bright rainbow colors where it previously focused on naturally occurring blues and purples. The living feathers shine with an oily, iridescent sheen and seem to curl on the wall, atShe achieves this effect by carefully applying oil or spray paint to create depth and shadow.
Some of the smaller works on canvas by Renault are included. to see Moberg Gallery in Des Moines until the end of June, and she is currently preparing for a solo exhibition in Belgium that she will show Plantasia Series that also extracts tiny details from leaves. You can find out more about her practice in Gutters paradise, which was released late last year, and keep following it Instagram to keep up to date with their latest projects.
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