During the lasts years my work has focused on the context of the popular culture. Especially to the relationship between the person and the ICON symbol of a current and western holiness, and referring to the collective imaginary and to the stereotype. In particular the affects of all those symbols that daily we absorb and with the time become memory and intimate part of us, without our suspect.
From the beginnings of my career I used different media as: painting, drawing, photograph, and video. Each media offsets the other. To complete the work with an installation.
For the exhibition in the space of "Pictura" in Dordrecht, I thought to put together a pictorial work with a video. The video tells a part of what it is not possible to say in the painting and so they complete one by the other.
The project 'Tovaglioli' (started from 2003 and still in progress) introduces some self-portraits in acrylic, impressed on fabric. Because of its daily use, we leave on napkins signs that belong to us. The self portrait painted on the napkin upsets the banality of a gesture and magnifies it through the self-identification and the self-recognition.
In the video 'Domenica', realized in 2004, tells something that belongs to me, belongs to us, and refers to the culture we are part of, the western culture. It is the narration of a rite, of images we absorb and store in our mind. Some symbols of Christianity - the Madonna, the crucifix, the Holy Mass are included in the ritualised quotidian.Elena Lombardi
(Rimini Italy 1979)
The opportunity to be in comparison with a new cultural context like the Dutch one, it is been of considerable stimulus by a creative and productive point of view, out of my expectation. By this, is derivate a study in depth of different paintings materials that vary from the watercolours on paper, to the oil colour on linen, like will be possible to see through all over the show, till to installations composed by sheets of paper of small dimensions.
By some years the point of start from where my works born is the human Being as an Entity in constant exploration of the own Oneself, that ask them self questions where not necessarily find always an answer. Is an individual that take conscience of the own way of life, experience after experience, with an always bigger awareness, but rarely agreeable, that make often a part inner of the own social life.
The inevitable research of the Identity that press to do every one of 'us' to take place in own existence, is the basis from where I develop then my projects, whether are they drawings, paintings or video.
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