LIghts, Colors & Volumes
at Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda 7 Oct - 19 Nov 2017
Exhibition Catalogue (Vanilla Edizioni)
It’s like when you sit in a coffee shop and enjoy looking at the people passing by. Some of the people capture your attention. You follow them with your eyes and you reinvent their stories. And yet the only thing you know about those people and their lives is their image standing in front of you. And that is what you try to do when then you draw and paint: you try to capture and reproduce those interesting images. Nothing more nothing less, because the image seems already to have everything you need within it.
I don’t know what I am doing in terms of meaning when I work. It’s not that interesting to me. My interest is in colour, form, composition and light. If you create a nice image, that image will probably contain something interesting and something meaningful as well. But that will emerge only later, when the work is finished and you look at it on the wall.
In retrospect, when I look at my recent works, I think that the images I have created, at times modern colourful almost cheerful, at times a bit intrusive and aggressive, depict a familiar world where the figures (most of the time girls and women) who take the scene seem to be searching for a moment of separation, reflection or just a place to rest. But I don’t think that this was my intention when I started, and possibly somebody else looking at the works won’t see this, and will see other things.
Ultimately the work is about the image and the image is made by colours, lights and volumes. It seems to me that New Mixed Media (mixing digital & traditional painting with photography and free hand drawing), so naturally adapted to working with primary colours, large backgrounds and flat surfaces, allows for the creation of very elegant images with a great sense of depth. At least, this is my expectation and vision.
From: Mario Sughi, A place to rest
Droichead Arts Centre, Exhibition Catalogue (Oct. 2017)