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FRACTAL GEOMETRIES - i

Francesca Cafarelli

The work arises from a reflection on the theme of rhythm in the mosaic context, with particular regard to the structure of the leaf and its repetitive geometries that are enhanced on the microscopic plane. Delicate brush strokes and light incisions on the cement base emphasize the the leaf veins. This work is particularly important as it marks the beginning of a journey of artistic investigation of this powerful mathematical and geometric language that is the basis of most of the natural elements that surround us.

Fractal geometries - II

Francesca Cafarelli

A mysterious and poetic language is hidden behind some natural elements: it’s the geometry of fractals. The fractals are figures characterized by a motif that repeats endlessly and, once has been enlarged, it is magically enriched with the new details invisible to the naked eye, without losing even the smallest details.

In her works the artist explores geometric architectures and bonds that are hidden inside the leaves, sea sponges, soap bubbles and ice crystals which are the basis of their external beauty. The mosaic gradually merges with the partially painted or engraved background and creates a delicate play of contrasts and perspectives between brightness and opacity, roughness and refinement, light and shadow.“Make a soap bubble and observe it: you could spend your whole life studying it”, is the phrase of the physicist Lord Kelvin that can best explain the origin and meaning of this work. Ethereal and very fragile, are however composed of a solid and complex geometric structure that is reconstructed with venetian smalti tiles applied to a cement-based background, colored with pastels with slight gray shades.

 

Fractal geometries - III

Francesca Cafarelli

A mysterious and poetic language is hidden behind some natural elements: it’s the geometry of fractals. The fractals are figures characterized by a motif that repeats endlessly and, once has been enlarged, it is magically enriched with the new details invisible to the naked eye, without losing even the smallest details.

In her works the artist explores geometric architectures and bonds that are hidden inside the leaves, sea sponges, soap bubbles and ice crystals which are the basis of their external beauty. The mosaic gradually merges with the partially painted or engraved background and creates a delicate play of contrasts and perspectives between brightness and opacity, roughness and refinement, light and shadow.

In this case the articulated architecture of the marine sponges is evoked not only through the sketch of it, but also thanks to tactile sensations generated by the particular material used. It is mastic, a bicomponent chemical product that was produced by printing on the surface of the casting a sponge so as to recreate the porous texture of it on the material.

Fractal geometries - IV

Francesca Cafarelli

The artist was inspired by the fractals that make up the architecture of ice crystals, which have been interpreted with a texture of glass tiles of varying thickness and changing dimensions. The tiles, suspended on a layer of resin, sometimes transparent and sometimes opaque, create a suggestive and dynamic (depending on the light and its incidence) interaction with various shades of blue that characterize it. The idea comes out from the desire to demonstrate what Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in the Little Prince: “… One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye”. In this specific case the tiles, laid above the blue base, instead of hiding it, they enhance it, through the reflective properties of the glass and the “magnifying glass” effect.

Familia

Debora Franco

The strong connection with your motherland is sacred as well as intrinsic. Thinking of Friuli Venezia Giulia means thinking of the cultivated fields, infinite expanses of yellows, greens and browns. It means thinking of mulberry trees, like fists pointed at the sky, of territory with rich traditions, of fogolar, polenta, pignarul and family. This work is dedicated to the family and our origins, to the country that tells our story. There are four languages that represent our roots: Italian, Portuguese, Friulian and Austrian. The work is also dedicated to those who arrive and those who leave, to the wonderful people you meet along the road and who become part of the family, even if they come from another country.

Tales on tiles

Debora Franco

“Once upon a time there was a king who did not like governing at all”. In such a way the fairytale, which describes this mosaic, starts; or rather, it is the mosaic which represents this story. It comes from Jessica Franco’s pen and accompanies the reader on a journey into the writer’s inner world through the adventures of a melancholy king who is in search of the salt of life. The marble tile crystallizes the narration, showing the life which, through the plot of the fairytale, becomes history. Again, the mosaic meets writing, completing a creative line that is presented in all the works of the artist. The mosaic was created by using the three-dimensional nature of the tiles. The aim is recreate a colored glossy cover on the left and the white paper pages of a book on the right. This effect was achieved by special preparation of the tiles: the glossy side was painted and covered by resin, while the opaque one was painted manually with letters that make up the fairytale. The plot of the latter is evoked by the delicate shade of blue that runs throughout the left side of the work.

Nosce te ipsum

Francesca Cafarelli

The glory of nature emerges from small details that reveal great secrets: play of lights and contrasts. Dewdrops which shine like crystals inlaid in the nature; tears of joy which create suggestive and various reflections; fragile architectures that harmoniously interact with the landscape. An invitation to observe what the eyes, distracted by rapid changes of images, do not always capture; an invitation to reflect on the extraordinary beauty that surrounds us.

Beyond the stars

Francesca Cafarelli

The stars, holes in the sky which the flashes of infinity filter from, create magical effects. The perfect quiet of cosmic black is violated by lights of the firmament, which are reflected in the eyes like diamonds or dart through the darkness of the night arousing passions and desires. Their motion generates extraordinary impressions. The invisible bonds tie the stars together challenging their dimensions, distances and brightness; mysterious ties, impossible to explain, go beyond the physical contact and perception; ties that simply unite, even when it seems they are about to break. Very small but immense, they hide the mystery of life, the human dimension and the transience of our presence.

Light petals

Francesca Cafarelli

The idea stems from a deep desire to merge two techniques, similar but at the same time very different from each other: painting and mosaic. The difficulty lies in harmonizing a two-dimensional technique with a three-dimensional one, trying to “deceive” the viewer, who constantly has to ask what has been done in mosaic and what has been painted

The mosaic has a weight and a visual impact much stronger than that of painting and to imitate the delicate transparencies and the blurred asymmetries of the watercolor it was fundamental the use of glass tesserae juxtaposed with curvilinear mastic tiles like that of the flower petals. And it is precisely on the flowers that dew droplets, reproduced with epoxy resins, create their most magical effects.

Rhapsody in blue

Debora Franco

The work is born from the fusion of two souls, two separate entities that intersect together to create something different. The aim is to satisfy the artist’s need to bring together poetry and mosaic, combining two forms of the artistic expression, so that they can enhance each other. “Rhapsody in blue” comes from the creative handicraft of the mosaic artist Debora Franco and the poetry of her sister Jessica. This mosaic can be read and also appreciated visually. The tile starts with a colored side and slowly, turning over, reveals itself: on the one side the mosaic artist is talking and expressing herself through the colour, while the poet, on the other side, is doing the same using the printed words.

Star Trails

Francesca Cafarelli

The work represents the result of a study in progress on the theme already addressed in “Beyond the Stars”. The bigger dimensions, the search for new materials, the different texture and a specific attention to the three-dimensionality and to the relative chromatic combinations offer a re-reading of the celestial vault with the main constellations of the northern sky. The “astronomical” aspects are combined with the animus of the artist, trying to capture the romantic and suggestive traits of the starry night, which was one of the main sources of inspiration in the history of art.

Suspended transparences

Francesca Cafarelli

Extremely closed together and connected to each other are the droplets of dew which, like pearls in a necklace, draw a precious interweaving along the threads of a spider web. The larger ones have been reproduced in micro mosaic using mastic tiles, while the smaller ones are carved in the cement base. The latter, white in color, was painted with a shade of black, to bring out the engraved droplets, which therefore appear white. Dew drops in resin embellish the whole creating a refined play of light and chiaroscuro.

Find your own story

Debora Franco

The idea comes from a desire to create a mosaic which everyone can read. Reproducing the wood grains in mosaic and following the natural rhythms, the objective was to stimulate a feeling of chromatic pleasure: first looking at the work from a distance, intrigue the observer and make him get closer to look through the details. In fact, every wood grain contains its brief history. These stories have been collected from the crumpled and dusty old books that now come back to life and turn into something new. Thus, the old wood becomes the paper, history and knowledge.

Final exam, III course S.M.F. First prize “Pietro Ronzat”

Contemporary mosaic. Marble, mastic and paper on cement adhesive