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Creating Art From Meaningless Trash with @elisainsua

To discover more of Elisa’s art, follow @elisainsua on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)

Elisa Insua (@elisainsua) has a knack for transformation. The 25-year-old Argentinian has reinvented herself — from a business economics student to a visual artist — and she routinely transforms discarded objects. Elisa draws from religious and pop culture references to collage, using everything from plastic toys, beads and computer parts. Other times she covers three-dimensional objects, like, say, a Stormtrooper mask, in gold keys, chains and coins.

“Golden things have always fascinated me because they are closely related to the sacred and to power. Gold is the color that has long been synonymous with money,” says Elisa. “I think it’s the perfect color to reflect on issues such as ostentation and accumulation. I also associate gold and brightness with the aesthetics of American rap, which attracts and inspires me.”

Many of the materials Elisa uses are donated by friends and Instagram followers. “It’s that meaningless trash that people keep in their drawers and can be immortalized in a work of art,” she says.

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