Untitled, 2020

Untitled, 2020


Oil on canvas

  • About the artist: Matete Martini

    Francesca Martini alias Matete Martini (Pordenone, 1994) is an italian figurative artist. Francesca Martini uses painting as the medium to show her obsession with the human body and its movement. Her canvases are the result of a thoughtful research methodology, using photography and video as the primary source. Martini's practice is inspired by Italian futurism and the pittura metafisica movement. She is currently pursuing a degree in Fine Arts at Iuav, Venice.

  • About the project: Progetto Incompleto Infinito

    Sotto Sale Projects is delighted to present five new works by Matete Martini, including four small canvases and photographs on silk (in editions of three). The works will be sold exclusively on Sotto Sale Market.

    The recent additions to Sotto Sale Maket are part of Matete’s new body of work and ongoing project, Progetto Incompleto Infinito.

    Matete, urged on by the wish of re-analysing her relationship with the photographic medium, shares with us a tale made of cavities, explosions, solitude, love scenes and sexual encounters. The subjects of her compositions, herbs and fungi, become the medium of these experiments in photography/photographic experiments.

    Merging autobiographical and fictive elements, the results are strong and balanced compositions that appear self-reflective. Yet the use of image manipulation, essential in her artistic process, as well as the choice of keeping the human body present, expose her predilection for third party perspectives. As seen in -Margarita, 2020- the process of layering becomes more and more complex. One lever of layering is present within the photographic and graphic manipulation process. The other - the human figure, and the growth of complexity of the lines - is drawn directly by the artist on the canvas. This process gives birth to a third dimension inhabited by the digital, the analog and the recorded.

    Matete’s visceral fascination with herbs and fungi originates from their shapes and their existence within everyday life situations and memories. It is, in fact, within a context of an intimate dinner that some of these works were conceived.

    Matete: “After a dinner with Margarita”...“I had to photograph them (the natural elements)”, “I had to find a way to incorporate them into my practice”.

    This comes as no surprise when considering her previous work. For example, in -Cassandra, 2020- the artist creates an illusion of movement in the canvas through the almost chirurgic process of repetition of the same subject, as well as an analysis of the frames -again- to represent this motion. Yet, beyond the themes, inspirations, connections and technical aspects of her work, Matete is capable of arousing the curiosity of the viewer with her signature strong black lines and use of bold colours.