The first phase of my installation works, which started from a meeting between my previous painting practice (which can be defined as a material / expressionist / abstract type) and my interest in poetry, has gradually been purified and simplified, in a search for rigor and synthesis, which have led to rather conceptual works where the pictorial image has gradually disappeared to give place to the word as form, to color as a symbol , to photography as a referent of reality and of spatial directorial system. The visual form and the word grow together and mold into each other.
It is not ‘visual poetry’, because it does not accompany the poetry with images and graphic-visual elements; if anything, it is poetry that becomes a body, an object and lives of its own autonomy. It is poetry that comes from painting, or rather from the world of visual arts and follows its paths, expanding them and inserting the poetic word as one of the many materials.
It is not even ‘conceptual art’ itself, because, while defining its meaning in the idea and in the direction, nevertheless the aesthetic and sensorial side has its importance, since I am convinced that the viewability, the aesthetic pleasure and the perceptible meaning first of all from the form are primary elements for an artistic work.
At a later stage I felt the need to regain possession of color and pictorial practice, which still belonged to me but they were excluded from the harshness of the previous projects. This gave rise to the works of the series called Blossom, where conceptual ideas, words, space, photography, painting, color, and other materials contaminated and integrated.
They can also been defined as a sort of ‘narrative art’, where all the pieces tell messages and belt references to each other, even if they live their own life.
In the series of Fiammiferi (Matches) and Farfalle (Butterflies) this contamination and this circularity is more accentuated, by inserting in the works some the creative elements of past works (whether paintings, poems or performances), used in the same way as other materials such as color, gauze, sand and acetates.
This is also a conceptual operation, it’s the act of connecting the present whith the past, supported by a’ physical labor ‘ which takes effect in the act of choice and renews discovering values and additional meanings.
Ho visto i mille volti di Dio (I have seen the thousand faces of God), 1995, is an installation of 48 pictures on board (each 15×10 cm) composed with newspapers, collage of various materials, white pencil, acrylics and photographs, reflecting on spirituality and on the overcoming of the concept of religion as narrow and dogmatic.
This installation also gave birth to the homonymous performance, presented at Performedia of Bienno Festival in 1995
Ho visto i mille volti di Dio, 1998, installation of 48 pictures, newspapers, collage of various materials, white pencil, acrylics and photographs, cm 200 x 165
Not everything that I do want to express is possible with the same creative language; not all the variety of what I would like to talk about adapts to remain locked up in the specific objective limits of each language.
I often had thought, and for many years, if I should abandon this versatility to fully concentrate on only one kind of language and media, in order to delve into the deepening passionate and constant road. But I did not want to be identified in one thing or in an activity, or be inserted into any boxes. I realized that if I would ever abandon painting, or writing, or performing it was like suppressing a vital need, a part of myself. And that’s not good, either in life or in art, which is the intimate expression of personality in its entirety.
The unity that is the basis of my research is not only unity of languages and profound unity of the person. It’s also search for the unity of time, between past, present and future living inside the same work. The past of the events that have been lived, objectified through signs created in the past (poems, pictures or performances) that I include in the work to relive in the present and to build a new future.
Performance is for me not just a formal experiment but it is a means of spiritual recognition, to transform, as Beuys believed, people’s lives.
Direct contact with the audience also enables the performance to be vehicle of energy and feelings. My goal is to provoke emotions, create a spell, create a different space from the one of every day lige, where you can enter a personal dimension which is truer and deeper.
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