“La Vita Preziosa” Hand printed linocuts
The series “The Precious Life” depicts an intimate and timeless period of my existence: childhood, which I carry into and merge with the present. Both terrain and marine nature, my symbolic animals, portraits, and self portraits appear in the syncronic time of my interior vision, where the present, the past and the future merge into a representation of my own sense of “present”. I reformulate my work with the feeling of a fairy tail but also an ironic disenchantment with the grown-up aesthetic. The series transmits dreamy, ironic, playful feelings, but also feelings of reflection and contemplation. These emotions belong to the unpredictable fairy world of dreams but also to human existence, and its lullabies in daily life. The work evokes those rare and illuminated moments, revealed through that melding of the imaginary with the day-to-day, that is real, concrete life.
While I tend to work with complex subjects and clean forms in my installation art, in this series of hand prints, I prefered to work instinctively and ingeniously. As for my themes, they are more emotional and self conscious and the aim of my technique is to reflect the same sentimentality. My approach to printing art is to avoid mechanical process/elements, as I prefer to preserve the whole process of the creation manually. It is more time consuming, but it also creates a more challenging and genuine medium since each work is the essential and the crucial product of my manual dexterity, regardless of its excellence or faultiness, is truly unique. Therefore, the whole process of creation and art making is fully dependent on me as each completed piece bears my personal traces as well as its own pure nature.
42 x 59 cm Limited edition serie of handprinted linocuts, 2016-2017