For the Utopia project, Emilio Isgrò, a painter and poet – who is also a novelist, playwright and director – worked on a page of the Treccani Italian vocabulary, which features his erasures. The artist wrote: “I couldn't get to sleep and, all of a sudden, as I turned over in bed, I saw erasure marks that stood out on the walls like the Virgin Mary in the sky in Fatima. Turning the table upside down, which is what I did with the erasure marks, was not about destroying the word, but rather saving it for better times: that is, for when the ability to reflect would finally be linked to the need to create”.
Thus, that of erasure becomes a key way of revealing the “dialectic between above and below, outside and inside, word and image”.
In this case, it is the word farfalla (i.e. butterfly): amidst illustrations and syllables that create a repetitive sound, it stands out against a white sea of erased words.
2022, Offset printing on 170 gr paper
50 x 70 cm,
100 pieces, each piece is numbered and signed by the artist.
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