Updated: Jul 16
In this project, I wanted to merge two opposite artistic trajectories I was on at the same time: my early mazes / body painting works, and the surreal oppressive structures from Terra Oblivia.
This is a mixed media project that revolves around a paradox: the human character is created through digital manipulations (digital camera, then digital painting on iPad) then printed on canvas, while the supposedly virtual / unattainable structure is painted by hand.
Are people who lose their selves more and more in virtual constructs still "more real" than the machines which generate and embody those virtual realms?
If someone spends most of his time online, looking for alternate existences, where is his life? Is life where the mind wanders or where the body stays?
Vision — Giclee, posca on canvas. 110 x 82 cm. 2019.
Terra Oblivia is the name given to the ominous unattainable cyclopean structure erected on the horizon.
It materialised one day, looming over the life of men, never to disappear again. Vision from a forgotten eon or of a threatening future, no one knows. Some came to regard Terra Oblivia as a god, or the promise of a lost heaven. Many have tried to reach it, but the closer they get, the more it seems they are moving away from the asymptotic architecture.
The fanatics of this new religion will do anything to enter the structure. People call them the “Infinities”.
Always they advance, tirelessly, and always they move away from it...
Generations after generations, the Infinities pursue Terra Oblivia, the asymptotic city. Alone or in bands, they cross the plains of ash and the black mountains of the inter-zettapoles void and fight mercilessly to be the first to penetrate the mysterious structure.
But always they move forward and forever move away from it.