A Constant Erosion of What is Not Essential
This piece is the first of a series of artworks entitled Alchemic Journey. This project includes visionary and ecstatic experiences inspired by Jeffrey Raff in “Jung and the Alchemical Imagination.” The feminine figure rises from darkness revealing itself along with the exploration of spiritual themes. Everything flows within the metaphysical symbolism and naturalistic surrealism of the finished work, mysterious enough for viewers to draw upon their own ideas and interpretations. From a technical point of view, this is a mixed media artwork realized on metal. The creation process starts with a picture that undergoes an extensive process of digital manipulation. The image is then printed and transferred on metal, where it is scratched all around to let emerge the shiny layer beneath.
Stefania Santarcangelo was born in Lecco in 1982. She got into art at a very young age, but it was after the early loss of her mother that her creative soul exploded. Mainly self-taught, her childhood home in Italy has been her atelier and her world for many years. She improved her artistic techniques by practicing with established painters in their studios and attending art classes, among them, the illustration course organized by the Sforza Castle school in Milan. At 26, a new, fascinating way to communicate entered her life: digital art. In 2010, she won the first prize, a personal exhibition, at “Ventipertrenta” International Festival for Digital Art in Italy. In 2013, she moved to Berlin. Within the stimulating context of this town, she found the freedom to develop her artistic identity by focusing on the interaction between painting, engraving, digital art, and photography. In recent years, she has been collaborating with art galleries in Europe, USA, and Australia, such as Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay.
The last exhibition she attended took place last year at the National Museum of Science and Technology, curated by CIPMO and Sotheby’s.
A Song for Stefania