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Collection of 30 photos, high definition, printed on Fabriano Acquarello A4 paper, 300gr, 100% cotton, acid-free. Mounted on light-resistant colour “Fabriano Materica“ paper, 250gr in three colours, Terra Rossa, Limestone and Acqua measurinng 22x30 cm. Editing of two handmade albums by the artist, signed, with a set of the 30 assembled photos, detachable from the pages and a small wooden easel for the exhibition. The photos are a selection of reflections in the canals of Venice, Italy, where the artist has been living for many years. The printing of five copies, individually signed by the artist, was carefully done by Micoud Venezia in February 2020. All photos © Lica Cecato
DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS About the Nepal paper I used in this new series of works, they were handmade in the 1970s by artist Antonio Dias, with whom I was married many years, and who gave me the paper as a gift when we separated in 2012. A curiosity, Antonio has always been very fond of my drawings and it was he who introduced me and my work to the curator and gallerist Martha Pagy around the year 2000, resulting in our first exhibition in 2003. When Antonio generously offered me the precious lot, he told me he had no intention of doing works on paper anymore.
As for my personal relationship with a handmade-paper done 50years ago in the middle of a forest in the heights of a Nepalese mountain, I can say that despite having painted and drawn on them, I feel, as well as with the photo-reflexes, almost passive, an observer, listening to what these papers have to tell me, as if it were my mission, to read them, write them, decipher them. I used the kimonos silk printing technique, the so-called Katagamis, from the beginning of the last century, which I found in an antique shop in Kyoto. They seemed to keep secrets like those of the mysterious Egyptian papyri, they suggested graphic letters, geographic maps, codes from those who write to whom will read them, writers to readers. While the photos are of reflections, either on water or in windows, the works on paper are about reflecting, considering, and as it is the intrinsic quality of everything that is reflected, these works are born from a counterpoint. I try to capture the second that ends in a second. And so on, forever.
MARTHA PAGY ESCRITÓRIO DE ARTE RIO DE JANEIRO 10/3 -15/5, 2020
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