universi is an ongoing series of manipulated gelatin silver prints, started in 2000. The desert regions of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico are the source of inspiration for these works. The breadth of this space with its harsh and dreamlike qualities, as well as its historic and cultural legacies, provide the quintessential canvas for the exploration of human relationships to the environment. More and more, I find these qualities in other regions of the world. This ever-evolving personal and universal travelogue is made up of micro-cosmos, scattered bubbles of history, traces of memory, self-contained universes of experience, mementos of an interaction with a place, with ourselves, with each other and with the baggage that comes with being human. In them I often use myself as a vehicle to represent human experience. The intent is to capture the sublime qualities of a place and to bring it home in the most sensual manner I am able to concoct. The work demands to be touched, felt, smelled. In an installation, the works are hung to the wall naked and free: they form serendipitous visual narratives.
Wooden boxes contain prints in random sizes and order, and invite the viewer to direct interaction. The pure beeswax they are coated with encases and protects them, solidifies and preserves them.
the images i make are achieved through toxic and polluting photographic processes that are damaging to the environment i claim to love.
these works are about the realization of my own contradictory relationship with nature – me being an archetype of human.
they are also a celebration of place and space, while occasionally poking fun at our own lunacy.
often captured with a plastic medium-format camera, the Holga, my images are printed as gelatin silver prints which undergo an arbitrary process of toning, bleaching, etching, and painting: this renders each print unique.
the images are printed on museum-weight forte warm-tone fiber paper. the prints are manipulated with photographic and household substances – chemically and manually, following archival procedure.
finally they are coated in beeswax.
given the nature of this process and the philosophy which conceived them, no two prints will ever be alike.
exhibition size prints range from 2.5 x 2.5 inches to 30 x 30 inches.
Hailing from Milan, Italy, Rosanna receives a BFA in Fine Art Photography and a BA in Art History from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2000. Her works have been exhibited and published in the US, Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Norway, and Japan. They can be found in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, The University of Arizona Special Collections, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, and the International Center of Photography in Verona, Italy. She and partner Matthew Yates have been the lucky participants of two Artist-in-Residence programs, one at the Petrified Forest National Park in October 2008, the other at Halsnøy Kloster, in South-Western Norway, with the patronage of the Sunnhordland Museum, where they present an exciting multi-media installation in November 2012, as a result of their stay. Together, they publish a book based on their Japanese travels: "meiseki na yume [http://blurb.com/books/400152-meiseki-na-yume-lucid-dream], and most recently, a book based on the Norwegian experience: "Childlike Witchøry"[http://blurb.com/b/6655262-childlike-witch-ry].
In December-January 2016, for the Yule Season, they prepare a multi-media installation for their gallery PH Neutro, in the medieval art centre of Pietrasanta in Tuscany, Italy. An important landmark exhibition - carte blanche at PH Neutro to recreate years worth of travels, experiences, encounters, lights and sounds.
Mostly based on their Norwegian works, "Tides and Yarns - Tales from the North and the West" weaves many tales through in-situ mixed-media installations, audio+video creations, exquisite one-of-a-kind objéts d’art. Stay tuned for videos and installation views on our website. See some on our instagram.
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