My interest in the substance of glass, following the reappropriation of ancient Venetian techniques, moves towards new configurations.
Michela Cattai

In sinuous, soft and organic shapes, the Chiaroscuro works in blown Murano glass have a particular chromatic nuance that from the intense graphite colour tends towards a gradually lighter colour, revealing the natural crystalline essence of the glass material.

Chiaroscuro as seen at Palazzo Querini on the occasion of The Venice Glass Week, 2018.

Presented by Galerie Alexandre Biaggi Paris, at PAD LONDON Art + Design, 2019.

 Chiaroscuro testifies the encounter between the pictorial gesture of the chiaroscuro technique and the plastic development of the form, which emerged from the chromatic nuance and the manual and graphic gesture of cold working.

The gestural and pictorial sign that characterizes the skin of the works affects not only the chromatic development but also defines the volumetric aspect of the work in a sculptural way. Intervening with intensity and precision on the material, the stroke chases and accentuates the shape in its movement, pushing it into the desired twist.

The series has been exhibited at NOMAD St. Moritz, at The Venice Glass Week and at PAD LONDON Art+Design. Chiaroscuro has been featured on ArteMagazine and Living Corriere.

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