At the beginning of May, during the days of the lockdown, I grew some vegetable plants in my garden of a few square metres. I placed the pots side by side in different points of the garden, according to the needs of each plant species. Like never before, I had the time to watch the plants draw their paths and suggest their trajectories: small changes, unfolding day by day, became visible at naked eye. From the first greens, minuscule unripe spheres, to the tendrils, changing configuration every hour in search of a foothold – everything moved, as the blackthorn and the cherry-tree bore their first fruits.
These drawings, or rather notes, translate in visual form the progression of these micro-events, absolutely normal in themselves and yet made extraordinary by the condition of suspension of time imposed by the quarantine. In these minimal lines I can see the result of that prolonged and direct observation, as in an interminable “en plein air”, restricted in small portion of green.
Born in Pordenone, Italy, in 1982. Her research encompasses photography, drawing and video. Her work focuses in particular on the relations between the concepts of “home”, “nature” and “architecture”. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Bevilacqua La Masa foundation grant in Venice, also receiving the 4th prize ManinFesto Scultura e Installazione in Friuli Venezia Giulia, at Udine’s Villa Manin Art Centre. She has exhibited in various galleries and cultural institutions, including Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Trento Film Festival / MUSE, Galleria Giuseppe Pero. Some her drawings are part of the Deutsche Bank Collection.
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