Born in Brazil and raised in Montreal, Isabela Andrade has always looked to human behavior and strangeness as creative inspirations. From video montage to conceptual art, her work focuses on comfort in anxiety and familiarity in alienation. She is currently working on a physical piece involving potatoes and is experimenting with the banality of materials that convey strong meaning. She continues to undertake profound aspects of culture and material to find their powerful hidden messages.
“My goal was to create a reminder to myself that the filthiness surrounding us can be transformed into something that carries meaning, something that makes us feel, something that gives some sense to this nonsense.”
It only feels like home lovingly highlights the beauty of our daily surroundings in constant transformation from life to death, to life—even in such things as aging potatoes, that may otherwise seem disgusting. Inspired by the profound and poetic notions hidden in the simplicity of filmmaker Agnès Varda’s work, my piece, a “quilt” made of potato skins, cries out for attention to the small things. In addition to its transformation through time (as the potatoes dry out), the familiar quilt representation contracts with an unwanted strangeness, deepening its meaning.
It is made to compel the audience to shudder with the “death” it represents, yet the quilt means to comfort them. It calls for viewers to see through the dirt, the banality, the obstructions, and to deny them the power to overcome the meaningful experiences surrounding us everyday.