In this current body of work, I am exploring the revival of backdrops. Traditionally used to create the setting in theatre, cinema and literature they are finding their way in the virtual workspace. In these times of remote working and visio-conferencing where the accidental background reveals the private context of the worker, care is taken to dissimulate one’s private surroundings.

Therefore, the backdrop becomes a deliberate choice, much like a ritual, symbolic of a demarcation line between the work context and the private sphere of life. In this new setting the workers are as actors before a camera interacting with other actors in the virtual working world. But on a universal level, which is more crucial to my work is that the use of discarded materials fosters and emphasizes the global issues of ecology and upcycling, which is the invisible actual and real backdrop we all share.

Andie Grande.