Never perfect exhibitions

Since 2011 the artist Lucia Ferrara has gained interest in cosmetic surgery, making her the protagonist of particular works, some of these presented in New York in 2012, deepening in them the aesthetic theme of the contemporary world.
The project stems from a real and personal experience of violence suffered and from the path of the disease: bulimia, anorexia.
The personal unease and the search for a new purified identity lead her to experiment through her art a means to talk about social issues.
There are eight paintings that he decides to create and they are part of a surgical series entitled “Never Perfect” exhibited, in preview, at the Macro Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome in June 2017, Italy.
“Never Perfect”, collects eight large canvases, 240 cm x 200 cm made of acrylic on canvas, dated 2017.
In the installation, overall of the works, his image becomes the symbol of pain, that of many women and men who have suffered physical or psychological violence to represent an “invisible malaise”.
The title of the artistic series appears deliberately and repeatedly on the canvas, on the body of the figures portrayed, as a brand, on the nails, surgical instruments and syringes in order to highlight the personal “perception of imperfection”.
The “invisible” and “unsustainable” trauma is a deadly trap that causes its victims to diseases that lead to the annihilation of themselves, like Bulimia and Anorexia.
In this context The link between the ego and surgery is evident; the latter can be, in many cases, an aid to “mend” the psychological relationship of one’s inner self and, consequently, the dialogue of the individual with the world.
On the various canvases she undertakes a journey of research, using the most painful, but never horrendous images, succeeding in finding one of her truths, just as Dante travels the path from Hell to Paradise; his personal tragedy turns into positive, breaking the emotional block that imprisoned her. He interrupts the negation circuit of his image, using it strongly, she, so hated, takes shape “for the first time” on an empty canvas, building a new dimension in which to rediscover herself, turning her gaze to the future.
Often victims of violence, use masquerade, shut up in silence; in a situation of profound discomfort the acceptance of one’s ego and one’s outward appearance is interrupted, all this does not allow one to live a normal life.
The pain derived from the trauma, causes, in some cases, a splitting of the personality: the contrast between the negative and the positive of one’s Being and, in this scenario, all life is deformed.
The works are a succession of personal figures who develop his story; from the inner hiding to the world, to the conscious representation of pain, showing its identity, the fruit of courage, tenacity, of the character that allowed it to overcome the painful phase of the violence suffered and repressed, managing, finally, to dialogue with people and things.
In his research he relates with three characters from different eras, reflecting themselves in them: they, in their development, demonstrate the evolution of his existence; Frida Kahlo represents the comparison between the artist and the suffering, Marilyn Monroe indicates the duality between myth and immortal beauty, Madonna (Louise Veronica Ciccone) shows the transformation of beauty in a chameleonic sense.
Finally, the artist “sees” and “imagines” like a tree, whose hair is the root of imperfection, in this drawing he rediscovers the ability to observe reality in all perspectives; the surgical object syringes become “therapeutic diadem” and tool to redraw the traits “deformed” by violence.
Traveling in his pain, there is no world of perfection, it is only apparent, the real revenge is only Love, which can not cancel, but heal; His intention is not to create dramatic images of a life that has suffered, but to express the victory of living positively, by annihilating the unconscious fears that cross the existential darkness and return to the light.
The whole of the works is not a path studded with “dark” matter: the blue color leaves the symbolism expressly surgical and becomes the sky, in which the figures are animated.
In an artistic world where color dominates the scenography, its message is and will always be of joy and happiness towards life, because happiness accompanies the woman when she “feels beautiful”.
My experience has taught me that: “Violence is a material act that the Soul does not recognize”.
Performed Exhibitions
June 13, 2017
Art project was presented for the first time at the Museum of Contemporary Art Macro Testaccio in Rome with the staff of the artist Lucia Ferrara, sponsor the association Secondo Cuore Onlus for the victims of violence, present journalists and TV, with the patronage of Department of Sports, Youth Policies and Major Events of Rome, Youth Space Roma Capitale Factory, Zetema Progetto cultura, Associazione Newworld, Nwart.
June 2, 2018
Second exhibition at Il Melograno gallery in Livorno, Italy.
Partner Secondo Cuore Onlus for victims of violence, Tee4two and Galleria Il Melograno.
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