Ciao Bellas! This is Danielle from The Jealous Curator, popping in as a guest on yellowtrace today. I could not be more thrilled to be here… mind you, I’m pretty jealous of the reason why! Europe for four weeks? Attending the Milan Design Week? If that’s not something to be jealous of, I don’t know what is! So, as an ode to Dana’s amazing adventure, I’ve decided to write a post featuring a few fantastic Italian artists that, you guessed it, make me jealous!

Maurizio Anzeri ~ Italian born, London based artist Maurizio Anzeri transforms found photographs, of perfectly normal people, into spooky, tribal, baboon-ish looking creatures using only a needle and thread. I’m totally in awe… and just a little bit scared.

Ludovica Gioscia ~ Choosing only one installation by Italian artist Ludovica Gioscia is quite the task. After much debate, and hours of pouring over the insanely beautiful layers of wallpaper {some of which are hand screen printed, others ready made} I settled on this piece, titled BOMARZO VERTIGO. Yep, a fantastic title, and oh so many stunning layers of love!

Moira Ricci ~ And the final fabulous Italian artist in this line up is Moira Ricci. Much like another favourite photographer of mine, Cindy Sherman, Moira Ricci is present in all of her photographs. The difference between the work of these two women is that Moira is not the main subject of the shot, but always a secondary character in the scene… oh and did I mention that some of the photos were taken before she was born? Yep. She has placed herself into photographs with her mother, essentially stepping back into her family memories as an observer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually do that?
{The series is titled, “series 20.12.53 – 10.08.04”, the dates of her mother’s life from birth to death.}


And on that note, here’s to Dana’s amazing trip… I hope you’re having a fabulous time Dana! Get an extra scoop of gelato for me xx ~The Jealous Curator.

4 Responses

  1. Josh

    Hello all, I am very fascinated by Maurizio Anzeri’s artwork above. For me it raises all kinds of questions about the person’s identity or image of their self. Maybe the stitching is to symbolize the projection of the self? as they always seem to be coming from the face and head.

    Does anyone know if the artist had any of these intentions or if they just found the effect created by the traditional and new media interesting?

  2. Lauren

    For me, there is something slightly disturbing when an image of a face is distorted and altered. In my mind it’s a bit unsettling somehow. I like these works but don’t like them at the same time, you know?

    But I LOVE the work by Moira Ricci, thank you for sharing these wonderful images. They are kind of spooky and clever, a bit ‘Back to the Furture 2’ and just awesome!

  3. Josh

    Yes it makes it harder for us to project our thoughts onto someone. We use the face to make all kinds of assumptions about someone’s identity—what type of person they are, what their life might be like or what was going on inside their head at that moment. It was why I was wondering if their is a message behind the artists work.

  4. the jealous curator

    Hi Josh,
    Here is a quote from Maurizio… hope it answers your question:

    “There’s a dynamic in what happens between the photograph, the embroidery on top, and you standing in front looking at it. I try never to completely cover a face, you can always still see the face underneath. There are no rules other than I always leave one or both eyes open. Nothing is bigger in my head than a face, it’s the best landscape we can look at. It’s all to do with the centre, the body. Like a costume or other identity, my work reveals something that is behind the face that suddenly becomes in front. It’s like a mask – not a mask you put on, but something that grows out of you. It’s what the photo is telling you and what you want to read in the photos.”


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