WOODLAND:  Statement             Artwork

Title: Woodland
Type: Photographic project commissioned Artist in Residence at Italian Culture Istitutute (ICI) in London
Technique: Model, make up, body painting, bonsai, rose petals, flowers, zip, fashion
Year: 2003-2005

In 2002 I won The Artist in Residence Award at the Italian Culture Institute, it was thanks to this that I was able to bring to fruition an exhibition project during London Fashion Week. The project focuses on the theme of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), which I wanted to reduce as such and examine within the context of fashion photography – using make-up artists, stylists, hairdressers, models and fashion designers.
Since its inception, the project was intended to create a collaboration between Italian and English designers. Many famous names in fashion have taken part, supplying accessories, jewellery and clothes: from Vivienne Westwood (with whom I also collaborated with afterwards) to Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen.
The images from a formal point of view are built on rigorous symmetries and through the technique of collage the metal implants and floral elements are glued onto the model’s face, the canvas on which my vision takes shape. However, in the search for formal perfection, I have always included an anomaly, an element classified as ‘wrong’, a wrong which conveys the need to change the conception of women in fashion through a conceptual ‘bug’ and forces the user to rethink the contrasts of the stereotypes in which it is confined.
The faces of my models never betray pain: the reaction which is a result of the pieces of metal that penetrate the flesh is a reflected emotion, delegated to the spectator. Woodland’s creatures are genetically modified, they were born this way, they cannot feel pain.
In short, I can say that this work represents an encounter between my Italian education – with the search for formal perfection – and Anglo-Saxon artistic influences, among which it is necessary to mention the references to Punk culture. A culture which is an important piece in the complex thinkings from which my works from this period are created, all the way through to the current day. A creativity that for the first time, through my piece Woodland, is defined in a precise language, the same one that makes all my work recognizable. In this sense, I can say that Woodland represents a watershed in my career and in my artistic path. It can be considered as my Manifesto.

Title: Woodland
Type: Photographic project commissioned Artist in Residence at Italian Culture Istitutute (ICI) in London
Technique: Model, make up, body painting, bonsai, rose petals, flowers, zip, fashion
Year: 2003-2005

In 2002 I won The Artist in Residence Award at the Italian Culture Institute, it was thanks to this that I was able to bring to fruition an exhibition project during London Fashion Week. The project focuses on the theme of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), which I wanted to reduce as such and examine within the context of fashion photography – using make-up artists, stylists, hairdressers, models and fashion designers.
Since its inception, the project was intended to create a collaboration between Italian and English designers. Many famous names in fashion have taken part, supplying accessories, jewellery and clothes: from Vivienne Westwood (with whom I also collaborated with afterwards) to Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen.
The images from a formal point of view are built on rigorous symmetries and through the technique of collage the metal implants and floral elements are glued onto the model’s face, the canvas on which my vision takes shape. However, in the search for formal perfection, I have always included an anomaly, an element classified as ‘wrong’, a wrong which conveys the need to change the conception of women in fashion through a conceptual ‘bug’ and forces the user to rethink the contrasts of the stereotypes in which it is confined.
The faces of my models never betray pain: the reaction which is a result of the pieces of metal that penetrate the flesh is a reflected emotion, delegated to the spectator. Woodland’s creatures are genetically modified, they were born this way, they cannot feel pain.
In short, I can say that this work represents an encounter between my Italian education – with the search for formal perfection – and Anglo-Saxon artistic influences, among which it is necessary to mention the references to Punk culture. A culture which is an important piece in the complex thinkings from which my works from this period are created, all the way through to the current day. A creativity that for the first time, through my piece Woodland, is defined in a precise language, the same one that makes all my work recognizable. In this sense, I can say that Woodland represents a watershed in my career and in my artistic path. It can be considered as my Manifesto.

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