Saturday, February 23, 2008

Margherita Manzelli - Persona

By chance I discovered this gem of art at la bibliothèque du Centre Pompidou. I picked it up because the flower pattern on the book cover might be a good reference for me to do my painting on silk tonight. Never thought of this is a book of figure painting until I flipped the book.
Margherita Manzelli, a contemporary female artist from Italy.

I can sense the soul in her paintings, that's the most powerful thing about art. Her paintings are contemporary, chic, eye-catching and distinctive. I love the way that she manipulates the different media and her sense to catch the soul of every models. Their postures are natural but stylized. They are all unique and sentimental. Their eyes got the power to intrude into your heart.

Book Description

The all-female world of Margherita Manzelli fuses an exploration of the self and its acceptance. Her painted and drawn figures look out at the viewer with expressions of melancholy and wonder--the feelings of empathy that result are only natural. Yet the figures clearly conceal as much as they reveal. Manzelli is fond of using the Jungian concept of the "persona"--the image of ourselves we construct to face the world--to represent her own thoughts and identity. Paintings are usually constructed on three planes: the figure, the figure support, and the background, which is often presented as a fluid, empty place. The figure shown is usually an evidently mute, still woman who confronts the viewer with penetrating eyes. There is almost an awkward, erotic edge composed of displacement, loneliness, and discomfiting images. Each represented figure, a persona or alter ego, is both an intellectualized invention and a psychological projection. Manzelli does not work from photographs or live models, only her own imagination. Her work represents invented personas to which the artist reluctantly admits, "I would like them to be different from me. And yet I realize that this very desire is symptomatic of the fact that something of myself remains in them."



ChichaBoo said...

I LOVE Margherita's work too, I discovered her about 4-5 years ago when studying A Level art and used her as a basis for my exams. I'd love to see her work in life!

Anonymous said...

She has combined the distorted draughting of Egon Schiele and the psychological affect of Lucien Freuds eyes and a touch of Balthus sexually awakened young girls.