Preview of the series ‘Le Sante’ (The Female Saints)
arsprima, a cultural association for contemporary figurative art, is pleased to announce the release of the issue number 10 of the monographic magazine of contemporary anomalies OR NOTÂ with protagonist Silvia Trappa.
Silvia Trappa expresses herself through a multiplicity of languages, drawing, collage and sculpture, and her works deals with the themes of daily life, of time and of being borderline in a culture of conformity.
Trappa’s work seems to be based on portraiture: men, women, animals, with the main emphasis on those people who are considered to be the weakest, such as children and the elderly.
When portraying her characters she doesn’t attempt to faithfully reproduce their features and appearance, instead she wants to depict, to capture, a specific moment in their daily life. It’s not important who they are but rather what they are doing. Many of her characters are portrayed in a thinking pose or while waiting for something, somehow lost within themselves but, at the same time, in the here and now. Time is suspended, and yet it exists and it makes them alive to such an extent that we are able to imagine what they were or are doing.
Influenced by Japanese art and aestheticsÂ (she has been working with two Japanese art galleries for some years now), Trappa gives her characters a strong identity and uniqueness, she tells us about their story in a way which is beyond the usual social dogmas and their peculiar vision of the world, thus reminding us that diversity really adds value to our everyday life.
The launch event is being held on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 fromÂ 6.30 pm at the Rotonda BistrÃ², the lovely cafeteria situated in Milan within the Rotonda della Besana, which also hosts Milan’s Children Museum (MUBA).
During the evening event attendees will have the opportunity to see some of Trappa’s sculptures belonging to the series ‘Le sante’ (The Female Saints) in absolute preview. For this series the artist took inspiration from the livesÂ of theÂ Holy Women MartyrsÂ of the Christian culture and, starting from some drawings and collages, she created many sculptures, each of them representing a female Catholic saint and her peculiar story, read and portrayed from a contemporary perspective. These works will be exhibited at a solo exhibition organized and produced by arsprima and curated by Sarah Corona. The exhibition will be held in Milan towards the end of 2015 and it will also travel to New York.
The main curator – Sarah Corona
Curator of this issue number 10 of OR NOT, the monographic magazine of contemporary anomalies, is critic Sarah Corona: she works in Milan and New York and has already worked for our OR NOT online magazine as a correspondent. As usual, international authors and critics gave their contribution by examining some themes related to the artist’s world and poetics. There is also an interesting interview with the artist by Gianluca Mercadante.
VI – Light Things series, Mixed media on paper, 42×30 cm, 2015
Launch of issue number 10 of the monographic magazine of contemporary anomalies OR NOT
published by Edizioni arsprima
from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Rotonda BistrÃ², within the Rotonda della Besana, which also hosts The Children Museum (MUBA).
Photo credit (as for the pictures taken in Trappa’s studio): Alberto Mancini