You’ve portrait trees, lakes, old farms (the so-called ‘poderi’), the details of the vegetation with benighted connotations, using the etching and soft wax techniques. Each cane, each branch, holds the most obscure part of the history of the Pontine territory: light, marine hues, new life, as well as malaria deaths, mournful and sinister stagnation mournful. Yet the hope shines through, creating a gap between the dark clouds, thanks to full moons and bright peace after the storm (‘Torre Astura’, ‘Nymph’, ‘Podere One’, etc.). Salvation seems to come from heaven, scrambling, triggering, stirring the water that would otherwise be fatal and putrid stillness.
The Land Reclamation (bonifica) nobody talks about required an incredible contribution of lives. Thousands of willing people lost their lives. It is thanks to them that these lands are now livable and richer. You’ve got it right when you mentioned the darkness in my works, as well as when you mentioned that the light breaks through the darkness. There is always light after the dark, we have to know it. It has nothing to do with religion. I am neither an atheist nor a bigot. I recognize that this light comes from something else – I have no awareness of where it comes from exactly though. It may certainly also come within us. Now, as I become more involved in painting, this light seems to completely inundate my job. There is the sea, the sun is shining…
In the work ‘The Wave’ (etching, soft wax and burin on zinc), all the destructive force, and at the same time the vital force of water and sea, is felt. Such an immense power that no man dares to venture by any means, as it is seen instead as part of Hokusai’s work, which seems to have inspired your work or I perceive as being somehow similar to it. Nature does not grant any confrontation and could take back in just one second what Man has the illusion of having under control.
The wave is powerful. I would say that it may be monstrous in its power. It represents the full force of Nature and all the energy of the sea. It is the enormous strength Man uselessly tries to measure up against, or even worse, tries to dominate. Nature cannot be challenged, it is a lost cause. You can do nothing against water. The wave is a warning from the sea: you have to pay respect to the sea.You have to pay respect to Nature.
The tree (as in your works ‘Winter’, ‘The Oak’, ‘Poplars’, ‘Fleeing Trees’, etc.), roots and foliage, earth and sky, is a ubiquitous element and identify the Agro with specific species. Mythical being, rock god who may enchant for its size and distributes life. Resumed in the lushness of the foliage or engraved in the essentiality of the branches, it is the presence that distinguishes the character of an area. And that should be enough to save and revere it, not only with art. You know that the writer Antonio Pennacchi led a struggle in favor of the windbreak rows, that are becoming increasingly rare despite their preciousness. An unequal struggle with the continuing deforestation though. What do you think of trees?
The tree is life. It is beautiful and majestic. It has colors that change with the changing seasons. Everything about it is important: where it was born, where it is. It is the symbol of the territory which is also our home. When you plant a tree you say “I bed it out”, demonstrating that this will be the place which we will share with it. Unfortunately small excuses are sufficient for someone to destroy them for some imaginary trouble. We should remember that when there are no more trees we will stop living.
I love winter trees, leafless, which strike a strong mark, almost carved into the metal, which embraces the ink deep into its groove and then returns it, embossed, on the paper. I love to play variations of tones on my plate, continuing to bite them in the acid several times, in different times. It is not easy to get that color. And the works that I get are each one different from the other, just as each tree has a different color from the other.