Coming Out 2018
Installation: ink on plastic and metal, 100% reused discarded material from the Canary Wharf New District building site (78x38x25cm). Top to bottom:
“Finally freed from serving you at 90 degree angles,
I am now out in the open from your walls that crumbled.
Freedom is spiralling down to the earth
and lay in a forest of a city that was.
I will outlast you, outlive you, and deride you
Patiently waiting to serve better masters.
Whether a vein in the arm of a robot
Or a twig for a bird in a nest of rebirth
I have no love for a creator who thought
He owned the world, to then self-destruct”.
Pins and Needle 2019
Plastic and metal, 100% reused discarded material: around 800 pins and a needle on wooden board (32x12x6cm).
Bin the Future 2018
Staged Photography (layered artwork) (30.5×40.5). 4th layer. Inset, progressively: “Empathy” (layered staged photography), “Inheritance” (staged photography) “Forever” (Mixed Media: plastic, metal, paint and cement on wooden board (40x81cm). 100% repurposed discarded material. For if angels existed, they’d have to be made of plastic).
Note: The text above was written by the Artist. No modification was made by COCA.
I am an Italian/British artist from London. I like to define myself as a rubbish artist: torn between optimism and surrender, I am haunted by the idea of mankind’s imminent self-destruction. Yet, I believe in a future for humanity of resourceful innovation through re-thinking our role within the ecosystem and reducing our impact: it is this hope that is made visible through my work, which is composed almost entirely of rubbish and ‘found’ material – be it in mosaic, mixed media, installations or layered photography.
I thoroughly enjoy both the ethical and the material limitations of working with a limited choice of materials which often take years to gather. They call for a constant and ingenuous shift in tools, adhesives and arrangements: but every tessera I manage to create out of rubbish makes it all worth it, as it is in itself a protest against the disposable lifestyle we currently lead, and cries out the urgency I feel for a swift move to an all-encompassing circular economy.