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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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