Created by Ludovico Orombelli

This is an investigation of the cultural context that shaped my personal memory, realised through the use and manipulation of materials and spaces. In fact, the work is the result of a personal process that explains both my artistic language and the dialogue it has with the past. Materials and spaces are visibly the focus that gave rise to the painting: the architecture, the colours and the remains of Italian cities such as Rome and Milan.

Italy and previous collaborations with my father who is a mural painter have always been interacting elements that pushed me to develop my own practice, by looking at a personal and a historical past. ‘Quando il tempo si ferma’ is the title of the artwork, whose literal translation in English is “when the time stops”. 

The work is a process of construction and transfer of the elements of fresco painting, a technique that I believe is able to originate a feeling of suspended time, re-tracing a past that influenced the identity of the context where I grew up. Therefore, the work is the result of thoughts orbiting memories and moments of places. 

‘Quando Il tempo si ferma’ starts from fragments of memories: the combination of the fresco technique and the places is visible through their coexistence and consequent disruption. Looking for a relationship between personal and wider contexts, my attempt to reshape lost memories is done through a process that involve “strappo”, a restauration technique which is used to bring mural paintings from original sites to museums. 

In this way, the work involved a creation of objects that were then disrupted with the purpose to bring their shapes on the canvas. The result is a reconstruction of objects that, like a memory, survive only partially. The work wants, therefore, to connect with past contexts playing between illusion and reality.

The canvas (an explicit declaration that shows the artist as a painter) reveal a new display of the transferred materials where the tactile material of the elements of the painting seem to be interrupted by their new display. Quando il tempo si ferma highlights the suspension of time, allowing the viewer to think of the fragments as a clue to build a bigger whole where time, space and identity are brought together.

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