Europe exists for many Americans as a fantasized destination, exemplifying a higher social status within our communities if you have actually been there. The variety of cultures found across our shared Atlantic Sea also represents a sense of refinement if learned and experienced. Europe has a longer history consisting of many more centuries than the US of wars, religion, food, language, fashion, political and economical unification and disruption, environmental and energy initiatives, scientific investigations, architecture, music and art. My paintings from the ‘Past Future’ series reference consumption from the perspective of a foreigner, the intimidation and desire fused into a narrative. Commodities we seek on a daily basis interrupted by marketability, fear and the accessibility of technology. The impossibility of claiming the ‘now’ versus known history and intentions on how to regulate future.
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Mixed Media / Sekatekniikka, Painting / Maalaus, Textiles / Tekstiilityö
The works of Enzo Cirielli suggested their potential as scenery outlines of the intellectual history of Europe. Imagination showed other ways, it pointed out that these wooden routes, steep or precarious at times, that opens up to silent spaces, pregnant with hardness and secret sweetness, like the hidden, inaccessible heart of the humans, these routes might be walked along by the creatures of the great European Theatre. The theatre of Shakespeare and Ibsen (The Doll House) or a lunar, mysterious Waiting for Godot by Beckett or, still, the characters of the more significant operas. Same feelings lead, for instance, to visualize some of the characters by Verdi or by the greatest Russian authors such as Mussorgsky, while moving and going up and down on sceneries created by Cirielli, perfectly suited to the essentiality of his shapes
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Sculpture / Kuvanveisto, Story / Tarina