AboutA journey through illusion is a small scale, yet comprehensive,
retrospective of italian born, UK based visual artist Barbara Nati.
Exhibited work includes pieces from her last two years' production.
The artist uses digital collage techniques to explore architecture,
culture and civilisation.
She presents her understanding by depicting a post catastrophic realm of unfamiliar landscapes.
Nati has created her own world, using her unique vision to construct a new anthropology of mankind. It's a dream/nightmare where memory overlaps in a macrocosm where the difference between object and observer is flattened.
With digital montage techniques and reference to 19th century's painting, Barbara Nati's recent work gathers layers of meaning that can be traced to deeply-seated collective memory.
Even though these layers allude to the realm of physical experience, they diverge from tangible reality into the realm of the enigmatic.
Perception shift within the representational dimension, where,
according to the Mad Hatter, all entities are fake and, at the same time, real. It's a reimagining of the quintessential language of images where meaning has been deconstructed.
The result is a alternative world, a world where we lost control.
Nati's watchtowers/houses project offers a thrill of disorientation.
Somewhere between living organisms and ruins of a built society, these hybrid structures set themselves in the realm of physical things,
remembrance, as well as ethereal simulation of electronic flows.
The other main project consists of black and white pictures of a world which is getting too small, space is collapsing.
Time is shortening, distances diminishing.
Places that used to be far, far away are suddenly close at hand.
In the age of cheap and pervasive movement of people and things, mass air transit, megashipping and global positioning systems, we shed the restraint of parallels and meridians.
The last piece is a preview of a work in progress that is dedicated to swedish folklore and the small people among us, below us, around us.
In her images, Nati settles the conflict between body and spirit, thought and matter, subject and object and the struggle between the common meaning of life and its continuum across social interaction.
The most astounding feature in all of Nati's artistic production,
particularly in the latest body of work, is the presence of unfamiliar
elements created through the juxtaposition of ordinary details. Her work bestows a cultural depth to a realm where common, everyday experience finds new meaning in a deeply psychological, fantastical world of the artist's imagination.
For more information and images, contact Franco La Russa at firstname.lastname@example.org