CV – I was born in Milan in 1965 and I worked there for several years as a registered architect. In 1995 I moved to Sydney where I completed a Master in Sustainable Design (USYD). Over the past few years I have studied anatomical drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton School.
My work is strongly based on academic drawing but instead of using traditional bi-dimensional mediums – paper, canvas – I operate a laser machine to transfer my designs on acrylic glass. Working with rigid sheets allows me to think spatially, building layered, quasi-sculptural models. I love the challenge of finding an exact fit – meccano style – for their components. The luminosity of the material makes these models very responsive to lighting conditions: sometimes they shimmer, sometimes they fade, sometimes they disappear leaving only their shadow on the wall. Ambient light plays an essential role in my work. – Chiara Barbi –
PORTRAITS – why profiles? – Thinking of a portrait we generally assume it would show our front view, the main view. We may be less aware of our profile and yet this can be our most recognisable and interesting trait. In fact the profile has a special place in art history: we think it is the earliest form of human representation – originating from the projection of our own shadow – and for a long time the only way to portray people. From Egyptian sculptors in the third millennium BC to Picasso innumerable artists have used the profile’s sinuous line to efficiently describe a person’s physiognomy. I portray real people but I also love to study and redraw the masterpieces of art history.
HANDS – From pre-history to modern times artist have represented the essence of humankind through the image of a hand. The look of our hands is unique, it describes our identity. Hands are also the mirror of our emotions, they speak a universal symbolic language.
MUSIC – I transcribe in solid geometry excerpts from my favourite melodies. I find interesting to visualize what we usually hear; the sequences of notes – faithful to the scores – form flowing patterns as fascinating as the original melodies. With vocal scores I engrave the lyrics above the corresponding notes. I am happy to take commissions and transcribe your favourite piece of classical music.