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Upcycling Art and Recycling Art by Bia Wunderer

Plastic becomes art /  Tapestries by Bia Wunderer

Plastic is scattered, out of control, across the world.

Bia Wunderer collects the parts and turns the downward spiral ‚Aesthetics – Use – Garbage – Chaos‘ back to ‚Recover – Editing – Order – Aesthetics‘.

Upcycling and recycling art

Is that art or can it go away? Under no circumstance!
Recycling, transforming carelessly discarded waste into something new is a trend that is literally sustainable. But when old stuff becomes a new product of much higher value, it’s called upcycling. This ranges from everyday objects to art – plastic art, so to speak.

Please, take a look to some fotos and a  video  of the exhibition opening.

The artist Bia Wunderer has committed herself to the upcycling art with body and soul. With her unique pieces, she dances to limits and sometimes even goes beyond them. The basis of image and design is a fascinating, lively play of colors that captivates the beholder. The basic element of almost all creations is stripes. Reduced to the simplicity of the simplest form, stripes allow the colors of content and meaning to let go and interact with each other. BiArt – creations are pictures, recycling art and everyday objects in one. Plastic becomes art.  The plastic – filled world revolves around (mass) production and garbage mountains in a circle. Or more aptly: spiral downwards. It starts with aesthetics and design, succumbs to use and ends up in trash and chaos. Bia Wunderer reverses the usual course of sculpture: Recover and order are followed by design and editing. The result is aesthetics. The transformation to plastic art is not a fast process. Behind it is intensive work. Slow Art, if you like. The recycling art of Bia Wunderer is thus not only valuable for the environment, but gives back its aesthetics.

Have a look, how Bia Wunderer is working at her artpiece:

  Making of – „Es grünt“



Homepage Biart – Art by Bia Wunderer

Kasugallery in an interview with Bia Wunderer

1 What brought you to art …?

I’ve always been in the arts – including music, acting, design – until I opted for visual arts as a profession. The style – I prefer to say the kind – is in me and grows out of doing.

2 Where the inspirations came from:

They lurk everywhere and then I see which ones I am going to continue, which sketches will remain or which ones will be completely wasted.

3 How do you get art out of plastic? –

The starting level are textile techniques. – Plastic has often replaced textiles, flows everywhere, I catch it with textile techniques again. – Also a contradiction – that irritates me. – Because it is there, but in diversity, form and quantity (hopefully) less and less. – We need transformation. The resolution takes the material to a new level. – Plastic is a charming material, but if needed, without value. It only gets it through the transformation

4 Why do you use textile techniques?

Probably my feminine affinity to it, also to the archaic structures and techniques of connection. The picture is in the material, not just on the surface. Image carrier and image are one, interwoven, entangled, linked, intertwined in an intensive combination of color and form.

5 How long do you need for your work?

I’d rather not count the hours. Time is precious, a lot of them are included. I afford this luxury.

6 Do you paint too?

Currently more in the form of sketches, studies, drafts. The tapestries differ from painted sculptures only in material, design, structure.

7 The material is close at hand: do you see your tapestries as a contribution to solving environmental problems?

Quantitatively certainly not, although e.g. in the work of the Boo series the material is concentrated on an area of ​​only 1 / 2o. I figured that’s just the drop in the bucket. Qualitatively they could represent a correspondence: the level of intention, devotion, imagination, reorganization, construction, composition, aesthetics, which I have applied as an individual, can be extrapolated and would make the difference. A leap in quality, more than just a quantum leap, but not only conceivable, but also feasible, transferable to all areas of our existence. Without a joke.

In the sense of Karl Valentin –

Art is beautiful, but it does a lot of work – it’s not just fun, it’s a high-flying fulfillment.

That I personally can not limit myself to the entanglement of plastic bags, it follows.   So much for philosophy, just for fun is good too. The idea comes from playing.

8 What attracts you to the material?

It’s not just not worth anything anymore, it’s annoying. Through the treatment, it receives value and allure on a new level, movement through air and light. Disassembling creates unique elements that were previously only mass-produced in the composite. The longevity becomes a profit.

9 Message: Sure not just one, but above all, look forward to looking.

10 Does art make you happy? What do I do when I do art? I share with you. I am with me and can give from there. And that makes me happy.

11 What is ‚biart‘?

Comes on the one hand, obvious, by the first name, I’m actually baptized. The ‚bi‘ also includes neither-nor, both-and. An aesthetic object with a practical use floats more towards design, but rather towards sculptural work. Art includes both. I like to move in between.

Famous upcycling artists like El Anatsui or Doris Dörie draw attention to the plastic garbage theme with numerous actions.


Susanne Stelzl
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