White Mirror stems from my fascination with the dynamic movements and intricate poses performed by bgirls and bboys.
I am a bboy myself, engaging in dance battles, performances and jams. During rehearsals we often practice in front of a mirror: our toughest enemy. Like a boxer fighting his own shadow, you have to beat yourself before you can win an opponent in a battle. It’s you, trying to be faster than your reflection, faster than light itself.
The circle lies between the self and the other. You have to defy the laws of the space around you to spin faster and higher. Space becomes a place you can lean on for the next jump, air becomes a support for the next impossible trick.
In my paintings I stress these elements with the bright colors and shapes of the dancers. The reflected image is as vivid as the original. The raw, white paper is space: the realm of matter containing all the rules we must defy every time we push our limits.
The water, soaked in color, flowing on the wet paper and only partially controlled by me, is ideal to express the sense of motion and energy of this dance.
Hip Hop is a wide cultural movement that includes visual arts in the form of Graffiti. Graffiti are perfect to give a voice and express the ideas of the disenfranchised youth from which Hip Hop originated.
Watercolors on the other hand are ‘traditional’ and ‘safe’, the opposite end of the spectrum of a spray can. But it’s exactly the encounter of these extremes that create a powerful contrast in an unexpected visual experience.
Heat Rock, 8x8, Watercolor on Sennellier paper, 2015.
Lauren watching rehearsals, 8x8, Watercolor on Cartiera Magnani Portofino paper, 2014.
Young bboy 8x8, Watercolor on Cartiera Magnani Italia cold pressed cotton paper - 140lb, 2015.
Top Rock, 8x8, Watercolor on on Cartiera Magnani Portofino hot pressed cotton paper - 140 lb, 2015.
Push, 8x8, Watercolor on Cartiera Magnani Portofino hot pressed cotton paper - 140 lb, 2015.
Nikita, 7x10, Watercolor on Arches hot pressed cotton paper - 140 lb, 2015.
Self portrait, 8x8, Watercolor on Cartiera Magnani Portofino hot pressed cotton paper - 140 lb, 2015.
Push & Chihiro, 8x8, Watercolor on Sennellier cold pressed paper, 2015.