Lorella Paleni‘s paintings are dream images that centre around the notion of the violence of everyday life, the energy that it bears and how it shapes our lives. Much of her work looks to freeze that energy in a single picture made up of a multiplicity of images. She’s only 26 yet has already won a number of awards and has been exhibited in New York, London, Italy and in various countries across Europe.
Here’s what she says about her work:
Painting for me is a necessary act, it is the space of obsession and an indispensable process through which experience of the world becomes its comprehension and transfiguration. What I try to do is to reconstruct, figuratively, the violence of life, which strikes daily, and which is the essence of our own selves. The energy of life pulses in all its violence through events, incessantly changing, brazenly laying bare the vulnerabilities of our being.
The event depicted in the painting is compressed into a time without end. All the actions and situations that I represent happen infinitely, for ever, though they are never the same, like a river where the water flows constantly, changing at every instant, though its substance is ever the same. An important theme in my work is the idea of an existence set free from the limitations of linear time, composed of every single instance of the past and of the present, in a dimension of time that is timeless.
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