The Art of Vik Muniz

On our vacation in February, my husband and I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach where I was first introduced to the artwork of Brazilian-born Vik Muniz. As a new student of mixed media art, I was fascinated by the materials he used and the masterful way he created with them. Today’s poem is in the invented form La’libertas. The final couplet of the poem is a quote from Vik Muniz in his native Portuguese. I’ve also included his TEDtalk from 2003 at the end of the poem. 

Artwork by Vik Muniz

Artwork by Vik Muniz

As children, we are taught it’s rude

To use our hands to eat a meal.

But to your inner child appeal –

Consider art that’s made from food.

 

Sandwich deconstructed

Sticky strawberry ooze

Licking peanut buttery fingers

Smears of childhood

Make silly faces

On the table

 

Creating art to make us feel

Strong emotions as it is viewed

Vik Muniz’s work sets quite a mood

Artwork by Vik Muniz

Artwork by Vik Muniz

Even with trash, his art appeals.

 

Society’s forgotten ones

Immortalized

With what we throw away.

Society’s darlings

Artwork by Vik Muniz

Artwork by Vik Muniz

Immortalized

With diamonds.

 

 

“Uma grande parte do tempo que você ficar olhando para a beleza, mas ele já está lá.

E se você olhar com um pouco mais intenção, você vê-lo”

 

 

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