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Artist Influences and Research Studio 3

Maurizio Anzeri

Maurizio Anzeri turns photographs into a form of photo-sculpture. He uses found vintage photographs, sewing directly on top of them to create garnished features, including that of the psychological aura, of photographs and subjects, stand out. There is a juxtaposition between the antique appearance of the photographs against the sharp lines and shimmer of the threads that cover it. “The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge” (Saatchi).
Anzeri has previously talked about his work in a very personal sense, taking inspiration from his own experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols.
One thing that particularly surprised me when visiting his recent exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, was the scale of these images. I understood that they would not be large, taking up whole walls, but online, you cannot grasp that they are around A4 size. This size had a greater impact on the viewer than initially thought, and showed to me that small can have impact. The psychological auras and garnished features in each were unique, thought of and powerful.

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