Angela Italiano (b. 1996) is an Italian artist who lives and works in Cortina D’Ampezzo. She holds a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. Aside from being an artist, Italiano also works as a multidisciplinary art teacher at the Liceo Artistico.
My artistic research focuses on the analysis of the landscape and the investigation of the interdependent phenomena of Catastrophe and its creation. Angela begins by studying and reinterpreting the underlying constituent elements of the landscape, reflecting on the symbolism loaded within it, to then radicalise the point of view on the primaeval dimension.
As she breaks down each element, the process of disintegration itself becomes the focus of each artwork’s journey, seeking the essence of the transcendent bond between Man and Nature. Her research takes a particular look at the concept of footprint; a visual narrative becomes apparent, and it invites an awareness of the importance of guarding the wonder that emanates all that surrounds us, enhances its fragility, therefore creating the need to protect it.
The artistic project entitled The Last Breath analyses the ongoing metamorphosis of nature through the emblematic element of Fire. For the Fair, the artist presents two paintings from this series - The Last Breath 2 and 3 - one engulfed by raging Fire, perfectly captured with its amber oranges and marigold yellows; the other, perhaps its consequence - raven black, resembling coal - burned to the ground, still and lifeless.
Through visual storytelling, the viewers are confronted with the environmental consequences of human behaviour. The works draw inspiration from recent catastrophic events such as the fires in the Amazon, Yosemite and California and foreshadow a future where a man prevails irretrievably over other forms of life.
The Last Breath invites reflection and an awareness that pushes us to protect nature and its fragility to cure and guard the wonders of our world.
Text by Maria Myasnikova