I am a Dutch-American architect-artist with Puertorican roots. I focus on sculpting with recycled plastics through which I rethink architectural forms and making by humans. Since graduating with honours in Architecture from the Technical University of Delft in 2016 I have developed a 3D-painting technique which I pioneered during my studies. With the fast rise of 3D-printing in Architecture and the need for sustainable new ways of using materials I developed a machine that can ‘paint’ in 3D solidifying your movements using recycled plastics, called Ana.
Through my sculptures I emphasise the beauty of plastic. I hope to see the day no more plastic will be disposed into landfill or oceans and all existing plastics will get a new non-disposable life. With Ana, I make sculptures that explore the endless possibilities of recycled plastics. I use plastic in it’s most natural way by working with it’s fluidity, to make sculptural paintings. With the new technique I have developed, painting can be seen as a science. That is to say, my work thrives off , uses and depends on factors such as material fluidity, movement, and gravity. Take waterfalls for example, if the water from a waterfall is frozen in time and space we could make walls from falling matter. This means that we can rethink building techniques by taking more conscious inspiration from nature.
I strive to connect the visual arts - architecture, sculpture and painting. And add the use of textile techniques to create structure. I continuously make connections with artistic and scientific disciplines leaving room for unexpected discoveries to find a new form language for plastics and 3D-painting.
My passion for interdisciplinary work was initially expressed through murals and its potential to enhance buildings. In 2013 I made a wall painting in a slum of Rio de Janeiro, which greatly enhanced the local community’s experience of living there. Since then, the overlap between art and architecture has become the focus of my work. I have worked in with painters, musicians, choreographers, dancers and cinematographers and also industrial designers, electronic engineers and mechanical engineers. I continue to broaden my perspectives through collaborations.
It started with a wallpainting
'A verdade leva a liberdade' / 'Truth brings freedom'
Wall painting, Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013)
'My dream is to make art a part of our everyday environment, anywhere in the world.'
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Tiwánee van der Horst | Graduation thesis | January 2016 | TU Delft Architecture
Currently I work together with the faculty of Industrial Design, TU Delft. Graduate students are and have been working on the development of the 3D paint brush, AnA, under supervision of prof. Kaspar Jansen, dr.ir. Jo Geraedts and ir. Jouke van der Linden .