AboutImprFaFamiliar Objects, Familial Faces is the 4th collaborative show between artists Antonella Ferrari and Silvia Forese. The exhibition is composed of a new series of works; paintings, photography and video, exploring notions of familiarity and estrangement.
Antonella's work draws from personal experiences to explore themes about identity, closeness and separation. Often manipulating footage to alter perceptions and suggest secondary meanings, her works employ a very subtle and accessible language, yet never provide a full resolution or statement. Antonella's main interest lies in evoking situations, exploring the in between and suggest possibilities, thus inviting the viewer to bring their own experience/interpreatation. Ponder and perhaps project their own interpretations onto the work. There is no right or wrongâ¦is only a matter of point of view.
In Getting to know my Mother (2014), Ferrari presents two printed black and white portraits of her mother, engraved with delicate pencil outlines. The accurate studying and measuring - almost like in preparation for a portrait painting - reveals a failed attempt to get closer to her subject on a emotional level.
Ferrari also presents a video projection, titled Glimpse (2013), which shows a specular image of the artist, turning sideways to look at herself, but never quite succeeding in meeting her own gaze.
Silvia Forese's fresh yet intriguing paintings display an apparent simplicity that reveals complexity and delicacy, freshness that twists expectations, and a new perspective on everyday objects that brings originality and uniqueness to a work of art. Nothing is redundant in Silvia's artwork. The apparent naiveté of the subject takes a sophisticated turn when the viewer reads the title and a sharp jab of irony and meaning comes through. It is an epiphany showing the underlying emotion and state of mind at the core of the artwork, as well as the subtle game of reflections that generated it. Her use of brilliant primary colours reinforces this subtlety, reminding us not only of Pop Art but even more the drawings of our childhood, where, free from societal mandates, we used colours the way they were meant to be used.
These videos, paintings and photographs undoubtedly inspire a sense of familiarity and lead the viewer through an intimate journey with the two artists. The accessible language employed by the artists becomes a way to attract the viewer's attention, but ultimately the works reveal their own intent and the viewer is invited to discover the true meaning, hidden behind an apparent simplicity.
Antonella Ferrari. Born in Verona in 1975, Antonella has been living and working in London since 1994. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art where she achieved a BA in 2003 and an MA in 2010. She has exhibited her work in several shows and film festivals both in London and abroad.
Silvia Forese. Born in Verona in 1984, Silvia studied at the Escola Superior de Dissent BAU in Barcelona, Spain and graduated at Accademia di Belle Arti âG.B. Cignaroli' in Verona, Italy in 2010. She has exhibited in several group and personal exhibitions in Italy and New York City. Silvia currently lives and works between London and Verona. She is represented by Cardazzofactory Gallery in Milan.