In an upcoming solo exhibition and a display of artistic mastery, Filippo Sciascia showcases his latest collection of photo-realistic and painstakingly crafted paintings, featuring a return to his iconic "cracked" painting series. Delving into his enduring fascination with light as an anthropological catalyst, Sciascia's work portrays various scenes illustrating light's pivotal role in the development of mankind's technological progress. Aptly titled 'TABLET,' the exhibition spans both ancient and modern eras, symbolising the evolution of communication and technology. Tablet describes ancient clay stones with cuneiform inscriptions, and also the medium of today's digital mobile technology, and with that, Sciascia weaves a visual narrative of humanity's adaptive journey through time.
Drawing on a diasporic tapestry of migratory experiences from his family's re-location to New York from Sicily in his teenage years, followed by his formal training in Florence, Italy, and now living more than half his life (25 years) in Bali, Sciascia's work intricately encompasses various histories. Influenced by the Greek-Arab's oldest colony in the Mediterranean, his artworks resonate with the echoes of archaeology and ancient history. Moreover, the works bear a profound influence of nature and spiritual culture, both deeply personal to the artist and universally resonant, reflecting the essence of his current home in Bali. These influences sit alongside the artist's avid interest in keeping up to date with contemporary art ideas through books, resources online and podcasts. The role of light in his pieces unfolds as a narrative thread weaving through the history of evolution, the history of technology, the history of communication, and, of course, the history of art. His masterful synthesis of these diverse influences offers a profound exploration of universal themes.
Press release courtesy Yeo Workshop.