Wasted Rita: As Happy As Sad Can Be

Exhibition, Underdogs, Lisbon, Portugal.

From October 20, 2017 until November 18, 2017
Visual artist Wasted Rita returns to Underdogs gallery in Lisbon for a solo exhibition. As Happy As Sad Can Be presents another instance of the Portuguese artist’s sarcastic perspective on life. The show is part of the art gallery’s yearly programme.
Constituting yet another instalment of the life-based narrative that Wasted Rita has been sharing with us in recent years, As Happy As Sad Can Be is about embracing sadness with a light heart; it’s about playing with fake happiness while being fundamentally sad. In the artist's own words: “The metaphor that best illustrates this idea is the image of a dog happily wallowing in a pool of mud – where I'm the dog, the mud is my negativity and the act of wallowing is my art.”
The exhibition holds a collection of assorted installations, each of which materialises a personal space that explores a subject relevant to the artist – be it the energising taste of summer or the misanthropic sophistication of the Internet, the material trappings of a dreamy languor and guilty pleasures, or the strengths and shortcomings of the female condition in a world too often, and wrongfully, depicted as being the domain of man.
Notwithstanding the clash of opposed emotions, there is nothing ambivalent about As Happy As Sad Can Be as it echoes a passionate, heartfelt yearning for an ideal world in which to feel at home. One where, despite the fundamental sadness and pessimism, there is still room for making the best of things.

Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Wasted Rita (1988) has been amassing a huge following since starting her blog Rita Bored back in 2011. The self-styled “natural born agent provocateur” likes to observe, reflect, write and draw, pouring forth little gems of mordant wisdom, reflecting an unconventional upbringing in a Catholic school to the sound of Black Flag. Her angst-ridden poetic invectives on contemporary life, popular culture, and human behaviour have been finding their way into magazines, books, exhibitions and art commissions in a growing number of countries around the world.

Underdogs is a cultural platform based in Lisbon, Portugal that aims at creating space within the contemporary art scene for artists connected with the new languages of urban-inspired graphic and visual culture, fostering the establishment of partnerships and collaborative efforts between creators, cultural agents, exhibition venues and the city, contributing to establish a close relationship between these and the public. The Underdogs project rests on three complementary areas: a gallery; a public art programme; and the production of original and a affordable artist editions.