Little Things

This series of paintings aims to address and question issues like time: the time of life; the sustainability of identity amidst contemporary social and political turbulence, observing the little and insignificant things of our everyday life; existing in the world despite the fact that reality itself is often complicated and incomprehensible. Thus, I decided to base the project on the collection „Ossi di seppia“ by the poet Eugenio Montale which I admire greatly. I selected this poet because in the collection „Ossi di seppia“, Montale meticulously observes the few things that surround him, like nature and the women of his family, while searching for a "word" that can define our existence in the world, hoping that man can discover the ultimate truth that lies behind the appearances of the world. Moreover, I chose this poetry because it resonates with today's circumstances on a global scale.

On a more personal level, I chose Eugenio Montale due to the fact that I find parallels between his life and my own. In Montale's collection, there is a strong presence of his native Liguria. Like in a personal diary, he depicts the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre where he was born and to which he returned every summer of his youth. Just like Montale, every summer I return to my family house on the island of Zverinac, where my family stems from, and there I find similar images to those Montale describes, but in a different context. In that respect, the project is based on the process of reconstructing personal memories and documentation of comparative experiences, mine as well as the poet’s, which are brought together on the canvas as comparative diaries.