Between 2017 and 2019 I led various projects in the field of art education in the context of mental health institutions for youngsters and adults. I am currently a professor of Drawing and Painting at the John Cabot University in Rome.
There is an asynchrony between thoughts and actions that I am compelled to explore. Painting — as the production of images with the body — allows me to inhabit this hiatus, to expand it.
My work emerges from a combination of opportunistic, meditative and ruminative attitudes. I take inspiration and materials from the streets, empty shop windows, markets, discarded objects, walls.
I collect and reuse materials coming from a variety of sources. These materials challenges my control over the work. This attitude sabotages my automatic responses, keeping me in a state of openness.
To explore this tension I often use formal models and visual units from collective narrative structures. Used as critical devices, my subjective apprehension of reality and my personal memories transform and interrogate those same narratives of morality, power, sexuality, and desire.
I am interested in the threshold of emergence of images, in how images generate each other, mechanically and figuratively, and in how doing so shape our psyche; in their circulation and in the means through which they circulate.
I like to call this process an “image laboratory”