It is thanks to his insatiable sense of curiosity that influential Brazilian artist, Vik Muniz, has been reaching out to others for the past three decades, repurposing a broad range of non-traditional materials to recreate canonical artworks that change the way people see things. The 58-year-old dislikes working in his studio. To be productive, he needs to learn new things and meet people.
“I am not good at anything, except that I am very curious,” he confesses, “I am the most curious person I know. I’m constantly trying to work with people who are experts in what they do, be they scientists, bioengineers, astrophysicists, psychologists, perfume makers or winemakers. It’s a risk when you work with people who have their own creative skills because they tend to be protective of what they do and know.”
Nonetheless, that has never stopped him and he relishes the opportunity for collaboration, saying, “As part of my practice, I work on several fronts, and one of these fronts consists of not just sharing my work with people when it’s done, but also sharing the work process. I find that [by sharing both] you don’t end up with something that you expect; you end up with something much bigger.”