Fear not if a great wave overtakes us. As a passionate surfer, Roxy Deva’s artwork couldn’t overlook the call of the power of the wave. And so, the imposing artwork “Wave – Radiography of Chaos” (3 x 7.5 m) is born, giving its title to the exhibition. While the force of nature may appear dangerous on one side, on the other, it fascinates precisely because of its power. The wave created by the artist not only represents water moved by the wind but also becomes a symbol of other waves—those hidden, intimate, and emotional waves that often, though visually formless, overwhelm us. Thus, the reference to the wave becomes a call to what lives within us and often shakes us with fear. Fear is not one triggered by external events but secretly resides within the human soul. By magnifying it, Roxy finds the courage to look at it, admire it, and appreciate it—there is no other way to ride it.
Contrasting the Wave is the “Inner Garden” developed on four aluminum sheets. The artwork belongs to the series of “Boxes of Emotions”: “suitcases” containing important emotional states not to be forgotten. The Inner Garden represents the depth of our being, the calm and tranquil place where we find ourselves and regain our strength.
In the exhibition, we encounter the pair “War – Radiography of a Samurai” and “Dare – Radiography of a Mystic with Lotus Flower,” two artworks in dialogue that represent the dichotomy and coexistence of Yin and Yang energies. The first delves into the bellicose impulses present in the human soul, connecting to a philosophical reflection of historical memory and complex relevance. The second links to the opposite impulses, playing on the double meaning of the word “dare” in Italian and English (in English, “dare” means challenge), emphasizing the strength present in empathetic and altruistic energies.
The theme of impermanence is found strong and poignant in the well-known winning artwork of the Audience Award of the Premio Comel 2013, “Sky and Earth – Human Thought.” Thirteen aluminum panels represent a forest shaken by the wind, where past, present, and future merge, creating the sensation of an eternal flow where each moment is inseparable from the previous and the following.
Lastly, the artwork “Hamlet – Radiography of a Skull” portrays an image of ourselves that, over time, questions us with Shakespeare’s immortal questions and the more recent doubts from Fromm on being and having.
“…capture a photo of the soul.
Represent the interiority with its dynamic potential…”
This is Roxy Deva’s mission: A pioneer of digital art,
profound in subjects,
and courageous in experiments.