Ingrid Bittar creates collages that are at once playful and sinister. Bright colours dominate: sometimes distracting from, sometimes illuminating the more controversial images embedded within the frame. Born in Brazil, she studied design at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, finding collage, her chosen medium, almost by accident – a friend asked her to display some work, and for efficiency’s sake, she “decided to give the huge box of images [she had] collected for over ten years a purpose”. After that, she was hooked: “It was complete freedom and whenever I had time I’d sit down and make more.” It is this desire for freedom that most often plays out in her work: the struggle between chaos and order, sobriety and silliness, movement and stasis. She approaches recurrent themes – sexuality, domesticity, and identity construction – and recently has begun embroidering sex organs, playing with ideas of expectation and technique. Her approach is frank; looking head on, and then to the side at a subject, making her work both funny and refreshing. From graphic encrusted penises, to abstract assemblages of the female reproductive system, she moves deftly between the gauche and the reflective.