EVELYN ASTEGNO

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Painting and drawing have been a way to express myself and communicate since I was able to hold a pencil. My personal works have been described as belonging to a sort of "Magic Realism" as they are tightly tied to the real world, yet are immersed in a surreal atmosphere, silent and detached. My paintings usually aim to investigate the meaning of existence. Any aspect of reality is linked to a global vision of it.

In this way, even the most intricate detail remains unfinished to prevent the risk of becoming self referential and losing its power to connect to other details and to the whole essence.

My choice of techniques is also determined by the effort to convey the specific message of each work . More in general, I've been perfecting the use of traditional pictorial techniques (oils and acrylics, but also charcoals and pastels) through the years, while experimenting with other materials and supports.

My inspiration comes from the elaboration of various, usually combined, sources. Academic education, travels, readings, world news, personal experiences, dreams and nightmares are elaborated into inner reflections, conscious and subconscious. Usually, different ideas on the same topic, sketched on paper, become integrated in a dynamic and significant composition that, even when complex, doesn’t leave space to unnecessary details. In a way, my paintings can be seen as thoughts translated into images.

However, even if my tendency is to portray “something that lasts”, I leave its interpretation open enough to be continuously “re”-examinable, which may lead to a new and enriched vision of it.

Also, while offering a limitless range of interpretations, I strive to convey a deep sense of "love", in connection to its original supreme source. Even and especially the darkest subjects leave an open window on "hope".