Jury - 2022 CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR
LUCIANI: THEATRICALITY and SPONTANEITA’
On Painting With Oil Wax And Pigments
On Painting With Fire Minerals And Smoke
“About the art of Luciani: My work is about theatricality and spontaneità where thinking is a way of ordering life, a way of creating certain parameters out of the possible chaos that may occur.
Luciani paintings are shrouds and imprints of a moment in time. Luciani Pietà is iconic in size and subject matter about the monumentality of human scale dimensions and the purpose of vanishing point perspective from the age of the Renaissance brought into the future. Each brushstroke is broken down, carefully planned, and contemplated. Each mark is a painted graffito in a symphony of time and motion. Each painted mark is a recorded blessing of time and understanding. My brush is used as if it is a chisel incising wavelength and frequency cues onto the linen elegantly. My pigments are comprised of over 90 blends using a palette knife. My brushstrokes are orchestrations of mixtures and decisions loaded on the brush of certain size and once the mark is made there’s no going back to change it. My work concerns itself with the vitality of human acts and spaces creating order out of chaos in set parameters on linen or slabs of clay. Into each piece of sculpture and painting I bring the vanishing point perspective from the renaissance or the compression of space from manierismo or the baroque theatricality of composition. The dynamism of action brushstrokes in the scene is set up like a stage framed for the viewer to play a role and complete the piece in that moment of time which can change each time roleplaying depending on the position with frame of mind; consciousness with spirit of time. The scenes are made up to be happenings and re-staging them in certain periods constructed from the places of growing up on a family farm and homesteads in Italy and the United States as well as places of travel, study, and exhibitions of my work in many countries of the world, and place of my major academic B.F.A., M.F.A. thesis work at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Art.
In my painting with fire work pieces I’m out to capture a moment in time and fossilize it through the reduction of molten red clay with fire; and I’m smoke painting with fire, the pigments of minerals. My work is an imprint of the passage of time and anthropological artifacts into renewal for future generations. In my pieces a demystification of icons go out of the commonplace in my process.” - Stefania Luciani, Dean of Theatricality and Spontaneita’, June 3, 2022
©️2022 Stefania Luciani
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