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Meet Roberta Masciarelli of Roberta Masciarelli Assemblage Sculptures

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roberta Masciarelli.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Roberta. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Brazil and came to live in Dallas about 20 years ago. Being in the visual arena all my life, I kept changing my artistic expression and there was no other choice for me, I guess. I started my career as an illustrator, went to graphic design, web design and I thought I was done because I loved my profession. But the winds changed through the years and the call came. I put the computer to a side and started to work with my hands. And that was nice.

I started to paint, went through mixed media until I found my true love building pieces, creating sculptures with found objects. It has to do with my beliefs about recycling, repurposing, thinking about our planet and most importantly, the environmental pollution we are faced with. My background from my formal training in Architecture also had a significant influence since this taught me how to think and plan ahead based on what I want to create or build – (even though I never practiced that profession).

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The visual area is never a smooth ride, but looking back, I see now that there was a steady growth in order to get to where I am currently. Sometimes it felt like I was going nowhere but now I see it as momentum to my next steps and thus evolving to a new way of expression — an artistic expression to fulfill what my soul wants to express right here right now.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Roberta Masciarelli Assemblage Sculptures – what should we know?
I create art pieces from recycled materials, repurposing and upgrading these “rejected” objects to the next level of uniqueness. Looking at my pieces people can recognize many daily use items that are thrown away due to their obsolescence. There are electronic parts, wires, cables, motherboards, that when connected end up sending another kind of message.

A message of respect for this Earth, sustainability, raising awareness of our environment getting polluted. I am especially proud of this message that my art delivers since I love this planet and what it offers to us all.

What especially sets me apart , I believe, is this ability to visualize these discarded, seemingly useless pieces lying on a sidewalk as potential candidates to be included in my art – mainly as a piece of contemporary design which was not the original use of this object/thing – and thus infusing a new life, a new existence back into something that was destined for the trash dump.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband and many friends who supported me with their help and kindness. Also, I would specifically like to thank my Art colleagues who are also friends, for their feedback and encouragement.

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Image Credit:
Adinna Cicort

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    May 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Your art is amazing and we hope your message and work will reach all nations around the planet.

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