My art emanates from the intensive study of ancient inspirational mosaic techniques. Over the past few years, I have immersed myself in them, studying and interpreting them. Initially, I followed the route of the craftsmen, analysing and deepening, where possible, both old and new methods. Whilst working with glass materials, I realised that, if used abiding to certain criteria, I could create very modern works of contemporary art.
Primary objectives of softness and paintings
During the course of my studies, I set myself several goals to streamline the static and rigid impact of traditional mosaics. My first challenge was to follow drawing methods to soften a mosaic's coldness and inflexibility, to make it look as much as possible like a painting, removing the peculiarities inherent to the mosaic's very technique.
Working on nude models, I attained two objectives. First of all, I improved my knowledge of proportions by studying human physiology. Secondly, I created soft works of art with flexible alignments, inventing new dynamic models. I subsequently fulfilled my overarching goal of creating my unique pictorial mosaic.
Movement and volume
Notwithstanding the results I obtained, I still felt dissatisfied with the stillness of my work. I thus became obsessed with full figures, their volumes and light. This pushed me to explore new paths, and after years of failed attempts, I finally created novel works of art in basreliefs. The methods of work I have elaborated and the results I now obtain finally satisfy me. My research goes beyond the softness of lines, into the realm of volumes, where I contrast fullness and emptiness, bringing shadows and light into life, enriching the innate reflectivity of the glass I use.
Future themes and objectives
The subjects I prefer are current themes and problems of our modern life. Through my works of art, I try to express our dissatisfaction; I illustrate difficult themes such as abortion, hunger, terrorism and smoking – everyday problems that sometimes awake our common conscience.
Today I am studying new ideas since broadening my horizons allows me to open my mind to new thoughts and visions. My next objective is to create a completely round figure. The image I will represent is what I am living and seeing: a corrupted world, shattered and devastated by the arrogance of human beings, bribed by money and power, and lacking the real and profound warmth that has characterised our culture for centuries. My next objective is therefore my way of speaking out against this massacre, this constant abandonment of faith and the consequent spawning of new and cunning types of slavery. Our world is in tatters, and I believe mosaics, with glass pieces smashed with skill and recomposed, would perfectly illustrate this wreckage. In fact, each piece of glass represents the will to start afresh, to unify, to pacify, an overwhelming desire for simplicity and humanity.