Lucy Orta (B. Sutton Coldfield, UK, 1966) and Jorge Orta (B. Rosario, Argentina, 1953) founded Studio Orta in 1991. Lucy and Jorge’s collaborative practice focuses on the social and ecological factors of environmental sustainability. They present their work using a diverse range of media that includes drawing, sculpture, installation, couture, painting, silkscreen, photography, video and light, as well staged interventions and performances. Among their most iconic series are: refuge wear and body architecture portable minimum habitats bridging architecture and dress; hortire cycling the food chain in global and local contexts; 70 x 7 the meal the ritual of dining and its role in community networking; nexus architecture alternative modes of establishing the social link; the gift a metaphor for the heart and the biomedical ethics of organ donation; ortawater and clouds water scarcity and the problems arising from pollution and corporate control; Antarctica international human rights and freer international migration; and Amazonia - the value of the natural environment to our daily lives and to our survival. In recognition of their contribution to sustainability, the artists received the Green Leaf award in 2007 for artistic excellence with an environmental message. This was presented by the United Nations environment programme in partnership with the natural world museum at the Nobel peace center in Oslo, Norway. In 2013 the artists’ monumental meteoros clouds was selected for the inaugural terrace wires public art commission for St Pancras international in London.
Lucy and Jorge Orta’s collection for Each x Other focuses on air, white, silver and sky blue tones combine with aerated volumes to mirror the main celestial theme, while jackets and suits printed with clouds and flying flags directly recall the effects of a force that, though unseen, forms the very basis of life. This is a collection of ephemeral lightness, with the visible and the invisible combining two states of matter, in order to bring us closer to the atmosphere that surrounds us. Both concrete and ephemeral, the duo’s work carefully and skillfully raises ecological concerns, as well as questions the role of humanity in environmental sustainability. Treading the line between the seen and the unseen, the action and its effect, their work explores the delicate relationship between nature and humanity. By addressing issues such as natural resources and conservation in their art, Lucy and Jorge gently push us to revaluate our position in the world that surrounds us.