Marta Mancini’s recent work is an enquiry on the aesthetic and psychological dynamics within the creation of pictorial space. Her paintings are the result of a long, intuitive accumulation of brushstrokes that is then submitted to a careful process of subtraction. Every ‘blob’ of paint left visible becomes an organic, almost characterful presence that contributes to compose a new space where intuition clashes with reason, paradox with logic, humour with serious commitment, muttering with clarity. The tension established in Mancini’s complex surfaces is a way to invite reflections on the double nature of painting as illusion and object, reactivating fundamental aesthetic categories such as the beautiful, the grotesque, the picturesque, the representational and the gestural. Text by Michele Tocca
Selected solo and group shows: La molla, solo show, Matèria, Rome (2018); Abita, solo show, galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome (2012); The HP Collection, Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2018); Rosina#1 Spectrum, Limone Space, London (2018); La vita della mente, Swiss Institute, Rome (2017); Scivolare lentamente, Yellow Space, Varese (2016); Dodici stanze, CIAC, Genazzano (2015); Private – Simone Berti, Geddes-Franchetti Studio, Rome (2015); Limen Arte Prize, Palazzo Comunale E. Gagliardi, Vibo Valentia (2014); Appuntamento al buio, CIAC, Genazzano (2013); Punti di Vista, Galleria Nazionale, Cosenza (2012); Zingarelli Prize, Castellina in Chianti – SI (2012). Residencies and workshops: Simposio di pittura, Fondazione Lac o Le Mon, LE (2018); Specchio, specchio… Spazio studio – Casa Morante, Castel di Ieri – AQ (2018); BoCs, Cosenza (2015).