Hand cut heavy paper, oil pastel, gouache, pencil 11 pieces, approx. 25 x 25 each Venice, December 2013 – April 2014
This whole cycle comprises street drain covers, window blinds, intercom panels, miniature arched doors. The common denominator for all of these openings is the action of filtering: filtering water, voices, bodies, gazes; something I take up as a lateral interest in this research: the ubiquitous filtering devices placed at the limits of our social lived space as a guarantee for an order of sorts: they subliminally trace our sense of order and division and it is on their organization and configuration that much of what we take for civilization rests. They negotiate the up and down, in and out at the most basic of levels. While from the outset it was this idea of making up a catalogue of these Venetian filters as anthropological artifacts of our (human) culture that interested me, the drawings increased in abstraction with every new piece I made, leading to almost completely self referential images with a sort of a spiritual aura around them, reproducing noiselessly, the sense of seeping air through them.