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Francesca Woodman

I love the connections between these photographs by Francesca Woodman. Both are feminist pieces (and obviously stunning!) in my opinion. The first positions Woodman’s girl-like face and ribbon with a more developed body through breasts and underarm hair. I really dig this part of the image because it is really quite subtle but entirely transforms the image from look at me to what are you looking at? So much strength and power as woman is conveyed.

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The second image is cropped in a similar way and while the subject matter is also similar it expresses another concept. The idea of submission and rape come to my mind. Woodman’s face and body language retreat, her arms up and blank face saying ‘take me’, ‘do what you want with me’. Her hands scream I am innocent, don’t shoot through a familiar gesture, but the painted hand on Woodman’s chest indicates violation, unacknowledged hands. We can tell it is her hand that she has painted around, but ideas of other hands touching her come to mind. Combined with her submissive position, and the police aspects (hands up, painted body outline from crime scenes) this adds a sinister aspect which really makes the image so amazing. Francesca Woodman, you were one talented photographer. Thank you for sharing yourself with us, we are lucky.

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Featured Artist: Elisa Boccedi

Here’s the second Featured Artist for the year – Elisa Boccedi.

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Elisa is an Italian artist whose work is distinctive and captivating. Elisa has her own style, but each piece (accompanied by intriguing titles) tells its own story. Elisa actually got in touch with me, so I figured her initiative deserved a little more than just my opinions on her work. I decided to ask Elisa a few questions to help me and my readers get to know her a little better.

In five words describe:

Your art – Disquieting, sensual, bloody, wicked and phony (I took the last two adjectives from negatives, from a comment I once received, which sort of enlightened me more than many other (positive) appreciations I have received)

Yourself – Cerebrally hyperactive, curious, provocative, reserved but with a very short fuse

The World – Truly surprising, endlessly morphing, contradictory, grotesque, all in all undefinable

What about art is important to you?

First thing: the fact is art is both an addiction and a salvation. It’s my centre, my everything, what prevents me from psychological derangement. The best, soothing way to get in contact with things and to filter them, giving them a sense which is – obviously – only an interpretation, but which makes them seem less confused and less confusing.

Being from Italy, what makes Italian art unique?

This question takes me aback, since I’ve never thought my art to be clearly recognizable as Italian. I’ve never been bothered with considering it unique, either. To quote “the mysterious stranger” from the exquisite “Mark Twain’s travels” stop-motion movie: “It comes natural to me, like many other curious things”. And that’s true. Maybe my artwork is unique (if it is really so) for the great emotional charge it’s imbued with, and for all the unconscious fragmented perceptions and semi-digested notions I tend to interpolate it with.

Do you believe your art is influenced by your culture?

Most probably not directly, but through a process of rejection and denial of many of its aspects. I never felt like I fitted in somehow, and also in regards to the italian “prototype”. I do love culture in every and each of its form and manifestations, but as for how it’s regarded and treated here in Italy, it’s no use. We’re surrounded by culture and art but simply don’t care. And most of the time the “human environment” you grow up counts more than the historical and cultural ones. Especially if these two are plainly overridden.

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If you were an animal, what would you be an why?

I wish I could say a tarantula, or some very big and hairy spider, but I’m afraid I’m not devious and cold-blooded enough. Probably a hairless sphinx cat, or an eye-eye (it’s a very rare, very ugly lemur with a spindly, creepy middle finger biologically developed to hook larvas out of the trees where they’re buried). Something very weird, although oddly cute, and peculiar, to cut it short.

Do you believe in Astrology? If so, what sign are you? Do you feel you relate to your star sign in any way?

I am pretty fond of astrology, and this is also a reason my friends to mock me, actually. Does it show so much from my artwork too? (lol, just kidding). Well, I’m supposed to be a cuspid, half Aries and half Taurus, but I personally feel much more in line with the first sign of the Zodiac than with the second one. Nonetheless, I believe I resent pretty heavily from my neurotic and oversensitive ascendant in Cancer.

What is your favourite line from a poem, book or movie?

I have so many it is impossible to pin out only one, so out of the blue. However, the first quotation to cross my mind when I read the question was one taken from the Diaries of a great Rumanian thinker, E. Cioran: ” I’m made of all the things that flee from me”

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To see more of Elisa’s work visit her website where she showcases a range of work and styles, as well as merchandise.

* English is Elisa’s second language.

* The Greeks named the planet Mars after Ares, the Greek god of war, since it shines with a red color, resembling blood, which is appropriate for the god of War. Hence the name Aries for the Zodiac sign which is ruled by Mars. (I find this quite present in Elisa’s work, do you agree?)

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