Painted oil on linen canvas
Author: Daniela Montanari
“I mainly paint young women, with whom I identify. Each painting becomes an extension of the other as if it were part of a story. The portraits symbolize my psyche and are closely linked to my emotions, thus affirming the priority of the subject and the feeling. The characters, all belonging to my audience, are constructed through a long series of photos merged together. The resulting designs are later painted on canvas in scenes that combine references to contemporary elements and classical painting. Real elements are filtered through computer processing until they are almost unrecognizable, enhancing their mysterious side with the exasperation of shadows and details. Each portrait is therefore a condensation of several images and reveals an existential tension which, in recent works, is also reflected in the language of symbols. The painting emerges from current events as well as from memory, but also from the images of people who come from our artistic tradition. In this way the painting becomes familiar and its interior space becomes a place of memory. Each portrait is a self-portrait of imperfection, impermanence and my sense of melancholy. Each painting is a journey into another life, jumping in the continuous search for oneself, many lives for a single story “.