My work explores the constant change of our identity, its destruction and re-construction, through portraiture, using discarded materials such as printed-paper, recycled from magazines, leaflets and catalogues.
Our society is characterized by a kaleidoscope of constant and rapid changes in which nothing keeps its shape and where both humans and things are disposable. Our identity is in a permanent state of flux.
Printed-paper, bursting with information, is witness of the time passing by, offering fragmented insights of society. It represents our frantic every-day life giving us vivid and constantly updated records.
By manipulating, selecting, cutting and folding printed-paper, I create small or large concertinas that result in big pixels with a squared base. Placing these big pixels within a rigid grid and glueing them onto a cardboard base, I create complex 3D collages.
Portraits of people created by putting all together an aggregate of fragments, half-finished sentences, faces, images and letters, in a sort of jigsaw puzzle. I like playing with the idea that all these fragments are records of different stories and all together they contribute to tell a new story. This way, the viewer establishes a continuous cross-reference between the messages contained in the paper of individual “concertinas” and the overall image.
My fragmented 3d portraits are readable or very distorted, constantly changeable as soon as the viewer moves. From afar they look like a pixelated image of a person, but a closer look reveals thousands of fragments, words, faces and colours that create a complex abstract image forcing the viewer to engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible and encouraging different ways to look at things.
My aim is double: to investigate the boundary between abstract and figurative. On the other hand, I intend to analyse the extent to which the human mind is able to rebuild an image, which is processed to such an extent that it almost becomes an abstract composition.