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Francesco Lombardo
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

The Baroque and the effect of pentimenti are two important sources that influence my artistic style.  The aspect of Baroque art that I draw from most is the intentional use of dynamic folds to be found in the clothing of painted and sculpted figures.  French Philosopher Deleuze wrote that "[Baroque] folds of clothing acquire an autonomy and fullness that are not simply decorative effects. They convey the intensity of a spiritual force…" I found this to be true upon my first viewing of Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teressa, and I’ve employed this aesthetic in combination with pentimenti to convey a similar sensation of spiritual force that is unique to my own work. My goal has been to instill in the viewer a sensation of abundant spirit, to impart vitality, whether in the form of euphoric rapture or brooding struggle, and I see the figures in these paintings as modern sibyls.

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