Age is sometimes not proportionate with a maturity of artistic talents: Bianca Trevino well resembles this matter of fact. Living just a few hours away from NYC, with a strong background of relevant international experiences, this young artist has made traveling as her own mantra, and a good reputation through direct sales to collectors that gave her the greatest achievement. The author of strong impact visuals, drawing inspiration from Dada, Pop Art, and Street Art, among the others, Trevino has learned how to build up touching images of figures and landscapes, exploiting the enriching power of mixing materials, such as salt crystals, seeds, wax and resin.
Experimenting with Materials
by Eleonora Sagretti
Eleonora: If abstraction looks as the trait d’union of your works done so far, how does real life is affecting your inspirations?
Bianca: Life is my art. I like to move, explore, experience, experiment, connect, interact… I find this human experience very interesting. To me, we are the reaction of light vibrations, with a beautiful source of energy, something quite whimsical.
My work has been inspired by what you call ¨real life¨, which to me is a perspective, a point of view… Life, a four simple letter word that encloses so many complexes. To me life is the energy moving, a reaction, physics, evolution. Life is beautiful. Even in this foolish world where wars are happening, people still has no potable water at their homes, refugees are looking for a roof, there are people whose toilet is made of gold, and cats that make millions with Youtube videos… it’s a senseless world. My environment influences my pieces. What I have created it’s what I have seen, experienced, and learned.
I appreciate, observe and worry about many things, and the best way how I interact with people is thru my art. Through it, I can create feelings and responses without saying a word. I express myself on different ways; illustrations, paintings, sculptures, installations. I try to make my art as the word ¨life”, brief, easy, simple to understand, yet complex when you look deep into it.
Wild extinction is an action to try to create awareness about endangered species. Many of us are so busy with life and work that forget there’s a world out there, and every decision we take has a consequence, its all connected. Think of all the plastic you use: straws, plastic bags, water bottles, etc. Some get recycled, but most of it don’t and it ends in the ocean where many species get affected.
We consume so much stuff that is made of plastic and sometimes we don’t wonder where it might end up! Luckily, this is something that is starting to change slowly. For these series I was inspired by diving and snorkeling in the Mexican Caribbean since I was a child. Seeing coral reefs die and turtles being damaged by plastic really touched me. Ocean is their home and it is where life began about four billion years ago. I’m not saying that we are stronger than nature, but we definitely are altering nature’s course.
Eleonora: IF STYLE INSPIRATION SEEMS SO CLEAR IN YOUR WORKS, TO WHICH EXTENT YOU WOULD FIND A LINK BETWEEN REAL LIFE AND THE PAINTING, WHether any?
Bianca: The link to the real life, will depend on the viewer, it’s all a perspective, my art is completely inspired by life. You will see what you want to see, what you are prepared to see. - Chaos, beauty, abstraction, reality, creeks getting contaminated by mine holes, glaciers retroceding to the high-temperature rises, endangered species... You will see what you want to see.
Oil on canvas
6' 8" x 3´ inches (203 x 92 cm)
Eleonora: WHAT WOULD WE FIND IN YOUR STUDIO?
Bianca: You would find traces of religion, dreams, travel, and nature. Wire, branches, books, seeds, glass, crystals and manny other materials.
Eleonora: Creating art on the go, while you travel, seems something you like doing. Still, you apparently do not transpose this passion on your works. Is there a reason behind this choice (if it’s a choice)?
Bianca: When I’m on the go I mostly work with markers and paper and I bring along the adventures quartz that I later use to create my sculptures and installations.
Eleonora: In the greatest momentum of digital art, with massified means of communication and easy access to any form of artistic expression, how do you see yourself in the future?
Bianca: I like to collaborate and cross paths with other creatives, I have collaborated with Basia Ireland an environmental artist from USA and SIGMASIX from Switzerland in the past so I hope to see a lot more of this happening. I also see myself still working hands-on. I do not see myself going 100% digital I think there’s magic on the artist touch.
My other passion is landscape architecture, in the past I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with major firms in the US and Mexico, so I hope to see more collaborations in the future. I have a dream to create magical spaces where people can interact, get inspired, feel relaxed, happy, and full of energy. I want to create spaces where they feel safe and motivated to create memories. It could be a residential area, urban setting, park, community, resort or something similar to that. The beauty of this career is its flexibility of adaptation.
Recycled booklet spiral
4 ¨ x 7 ¨ x 3 ¨
Eleonora: Wild Extinction has been an impactful manifesto of environment-friendly consciousness. To which extent do you think an artist should be the vehicle of social and ideological messages?
Bianca: We, artists, are the recorders of today’s life, we are what society/humanity have created, what we create has to be timeless and able to capture and portray in the future about how we are living and what influences we had. I believe a good artist excels at this, so it’s my everyday job to capture today’s life so the future can understand us a little bit better.
Art has influenced people’s mind for a long time, think of Nazi, US, Russian propaganda, art was a big part of it, and still is a strong tool on many governmental moves. So, Why not use art for a positive move? I suppose that if more artist would focus on today’s issues we could potentially change the world, #artforchange, a simple, peaceful approach that can potentially touch many.
Wild Extinction, for example, was a completely different approach to my last artworks. I love to see people interact with the images, with Wild Extinction, they have the opportunity to take the time to color them, read about their habitats, diets, and easy ways to help save their environments. The goal was to foment awareness and cultivate creativity. At the moment it’s being used by some teachers in Geneve, Switzerland.
There are a new endangered species every day, around 44,000 nowadays and even if I could draw one each day, I could not finish them in one hundred years 100… fortunately, I’m not the only one in this revolution.
Marker, and ink on paper
Eleonora: You have experimented substantially with materials and shapes, what is the next step in your creative path?
Bianca: More experimentation, in this super-technological world you have to keep evolving. At the moment I am developing hand-made travel goods made of Leaf on a collaboration with artisans in South East Asia.
Eleonora: Inspirational traits are so evident in every collection that the overall works seem to pertain to different authors. Should you define your own mood and how would you do it?
Bianca: This is something very interesting. I understand what you are saying, this is something I have also considered, but I came to the conclusion that art has to keep evolving so I don’t want to ¨marry¨ any style or mood, I like to let it be what it wants to become.
Our environment influences us, what we wear, what we eat, what we see, what we read, becomes our reality. Material possessions are something that had really never affected me. By age 18 I’ve lived in 30 homes… Many times leaving everything behind with exception of a little suitcase. I learned that I am more than what I have.
Moving is something I have been doing my whole life. I developed a curiosity to travel from the young age. I am a chameleon wherever I go. I tend to blend-in easily. Some artists develop a ¨style¨ and marry it for the rest of their lives while other like to experiment. I like to evolve and keep experimenting. My past artwork reflect who I was when I created it. Just like any person, I have feeling which can translate into moods.