In “Escapism”, Cristina Burns exhibits a series of artworks in which she explores the human tendency of escaping from an unsatisfying reality by virtue of different means, ranging from recreational activities to narcotic drugs. In an evermore hectic society, alienation becomes a viable alternative to reality.

Opening remarks from Director Dr. Roberto Formato

Temporal Intersections
In the artworks coming from her “Temporal Intersections” series, boundaries between the past and the present fade, allowing the observer to transcend epochal dimensions.  In particular, “Do you love me” depicts a statue eroded by time, discovered in the submerged city of Baia, aguishly awaiting a WhatsApp message that may confirm that she is still in the heart of the loved one. 

Do you love me? 

The Sisters

Reverse Metamorphosis

Reverse Metamorphosis”, which is part of my “Temporal Intersections” series, takes inspiration from my fascination with medusas and from the expression that I saw in a sculpture by Antonio Canova, “The Genius of Death “, that I photographed while on exhibition in Rome in February 2020, just before the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.  According to researchers, the jellyfish appears to be able to conduct, under certain circumstances, a reverse metamorphosis, thus defeating death and becoming, in a certain sense, immortal.  The colorful beauty of the “immortal” jellyfish appears to be unequivocally opposed to the cold expression of “The Genius of Death”, where light and color of life (we hope) will defeat the marble coldness and darkness of death.


I Am Yours

Sweet Entomology - Future Generations
In the series “Future Generations”, the artist takes on the human obsession with food and its consequence on both humans and the environment that they inhabit. Our excessive consumption of sugar, our overeating, the intensive farming, and our uncontrolled race towards the depletion of natural resources, lead one to imagine that someday we may be forced to eat insects to get proteins, sweetened by our preferred (empty) nutrient… sugar.

Sweet Entomology

“Sancte Michael Archangele, Defende Nos in Proelio”
“Sancte Michael Archangele, Defende Nos in Proelio” is a modern re-elaboration of Luca Giordano’s baroque artwork “San Michele” painted around 1663.  In the re-elaboration, old and modern elements blend highlighting the eternal and universal battle between good and evil, between light and darkness, a battle that is characterized by the biblical symbolism of Michael the Archangel, which finds a new dimension enriched by the battle against online criminal activity, such as cyber bullyism.

Sancte Michael Archangele, Defende Nos in Proelio

L' Annunciazione

Gamut

Lucrezia
I was touched by Lucrezia's face, painted by Parmigianino around 1540, due to the firmness of the skin, as if it were made of porcelain, the profile of a young lady, and her elegant hairstyle.  Rather than seeing a dagger that stabs her, I thought about the sufferings of the heart, those that almost everybody goes through while searching for real love.  The passion makes the blood boil inside the veins and it gives interior strength and life to all that we do.

Lucrezia

Anthea, I have finally found you!
The original work by Francesco Mazzola, also known as The Parmigianino (1535), currently on exhibition at the National Museum of Capodimonte in Naples, was stolen by the Nazis during World War II and was recovered, together with other treasures, by Rodolfo Siviero, a special agent, art historian and Italian intellectual and by other Italian and Allied “Monuments Men”.  In the artwork, the Alps in the background represent where the painting was hidden while the many clouds in the blue sky symbolize the passing of time.  The frame dissolves allowing Anthea to leave the original painting.

Antea finalmente ti ho trovato!

Urban Fairy Tales
The dichotomy between urbanization and wild nature is explosive and disruptive in our current historical times.  In “Urban Fairy Tales”, the artist proposes an imaginary revenge of nature against human activities, through the presence of animals that dominate a degraded and perhaps abandoned human environment.  However, through the artwork “The Last Unicorn”, the artist hopes that a potentially magical intervention will save humanity from the irreversible damage being done to the ecosystem.

The Last Unicorn

Where will our consumerist fixation with producing garbage, lead us? Will the Unicorn heal humanity from the poison of a certain type of modernity?  In this work, I imagine that a Unicorn appears coming through a door from another dimension, re-establishing the right balance between humans and nature. I’ve called this composition “The last Unicorn” because I believe that my generation is the one that has the last opportunity to save the world from a point of non-return with respect to the environment and climate change, which are, inexorably, interconnected.

The Long Journey

Penguins wandering through the metropolis take a rest on chairs left in the garbage.  One of the two penguins sits on a piece of abandoned luggage. Is this aquatic flightless bird looking to humans for assistance in traveling back to its melting environment? Can humans or will humans change their behavior to restore ecological balance?

Humans, producing garbage and filth in ever growing amounts, are unable to keep it at home, and have invaded spaces that nature assigned to other species.  The world has become truly one in its  environmental degeneration.

Bad Trip

A yellow school bus, the symbol of American normality and the sacredness of school children, escapes to the forest.  A deer stands proudly on the school bus.  The driver and the children are out of sight.

The deer, which displays the A of “anarchy”, symbolizing the repudiation of the power of human institutions, represents the constant regeneration of nature through its annual shedding and regrowth of its antlers. Standing on top of the sacred bus, it symbolizes the powers in nature that are not easily subdued.

Where did all of the children go? Did they seek refuge in nature?  The message on the school bus is disquieting: Humans it’s too late… Can we synthesize our pessimism of the intellect with our optimism of the will?

Alone

Melted
In “Melted”, the artist depicts and gives voice to a new generation of girls who, strengthened by their individuality, have revolutionized the concept of beauty.  By creating portraits where faces are completely covered by a molten flow of colors, the artist emphasizes the strength of the female identity.  The colors represent the essence of a woman, an essence which flows outwards, reflecting an inner life with all of its many lively shades.
It is in such a way that the artist imagines a new planet, depicted by inclusive colors, in which to find refuge, where even the colored aliens that occupy our minds are finally free from the prejudices that enslave them, so that they can finally manifest their full beauty.
Paying special attention to the “Alien”, the one that lives in the world of “The New Planet”, it will be possible to see that it is composed of candies and toys.  They are the elements that make the artist feel good.​​​​​​​

Candy Girl

A New Planet

The Alien

Cappella dell'Ascensione

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