STRONG, SURREALIST WOMEN (WITH TENTACLES)
Nicoletta Ceccoli‘s fantastical world is a whimsical menagerie: airy yet distanced, wearily peering at the viewer from behind a funhouse mirror. It’s nostalgic sadness is particularly striking, and is written int0 the various characters Ceccoli brings to life. In the same way Pinocchio wished to be a real boy, these dainty creations are inherently out of place, bridging that sense of longing with flashes of pure child’s joy. Ceccoli’s artwork gives us access into her deepest inner monologue, simultaneously contradicting our expectations and daring us to respond.
Ceccoli is from the Republic of San Marino, where she based, and studied animation before launching a solo art career. The animator’s touch definitely colors every one of her pieces; the secret lives of her doll-like cast, defined by implied storylines and invisible connectors. Some of her paintings even seem to be set in bedrooms, each wall telling its own twisted toy-like story. It’s this emptiness that urges us to fill in the blanks with narrative. Past the aesthetics of it all lies something to grab onto: reflections of ourselves in the artist’s pastel dreamland.