La pietra e la piuma | Elisa Mearelli
My name is Elisa Mearelli, an artist from the Italian region of the Marches where I was born in 1984. Being born at Fabriano, a town with a historic tradition of paper making, I feel I have a strong bond with this material which I consider to be much more than a common object of everyday use. For me, paper is not just a support to cover with colour, but rather it is the true protagonist of the work of art. My studies focalize on the necessity of leaving an indelible mark on the paper by means of strong invasive actions such as making holes and cuts in it. None of my works can be erased or covered over with colour. The paper has been cut, there is no going back; it has its own form, it tells its own story, like the human skin. Some of my works can be touched, eyes closed, to give them new form evoked through the sense of touch and the imagination. With others, instead, it is as like being immerged in worlds made up of cut-out layers which eventually sink into a dream. Through the medium of paper I try to create new landscapes to explore, new connections between ourselves and others and between ourselves and the world in which we live.
Technique: papercutting and oil on acetate