Roma, Temple University, A word that troubles, by Gaia Bobò, 21st September - 14th October 2020
In Alessia Armeni's practice, writing stays as an extension of a visible/sensible that is embodied in the pictorial matter. Digging the metaphorical potential of language leads the gaze towards narratives and moods external to matter, bit which are still contained within its boundaries, in a continuous and obsessive investigation of color. Reality is constantly investigated through a chromatic scan, and the focus on its infinitesimal mutations reveals itself as a necessary condition for tracing the measure of its complexity. The color seen is always lived: it acts as a poetic matrix, containing different worlds and binding itself to the imaginative potential of the gaze that receives it. Thus, Alessia Armeni's paintings appear as suspensions, poetic excerpts, which allow the pictorial language to be fulfilled in all its unspeakability, dragging verbal logic into the very plots of painting. Dragonfly wings, dirty snow, widow night, scirocco: the written word is barely visible, legible but discreet. It does not indicate and describe the color, but it rather expands it.