Roberta Cavallari

Labbra, 2023

Oil on canvas

Painting50 x 60 x 2cmShips from United Kingdom


In stock

Enquire or Make an Offer

About the Artist

Roberta Cavallari (b.1975, Italy) moved to Bologna to study painting and photography at the Academy of Fine Arts. Strongly attracted by metropolis, she obtained a scholarship in Berlin, where she starts with exhibitions and performance. The contradictions of Berlin in 1999 between empty spaces and ultra-modern architecture, the explosion of the internet, the cyberpunk, the electronic music shaped the imaginary of the artist, who expressed herself in painting with a free language, a sort of brainstorming of signs and flat backgrounds, conditioned first by abstract artists such as Cy Twombly, then definitively pop, from Basquiat to David Hockney. The topics dealt with range from the autobiographical to environmental themes, but the leitmotif of the first production is the alienation. From 2001 to 2014, her interest in architecture gave rise to various performances, videos and photographic project in Berlin, Mexico City, Milan.

About the Artwork

The works Tenda and Labbra are part of a series entitled ‘In the Dark‘. The details of objects and furnishings appear enlarged and extrapolated by the lens of a camera to become something other than me, beyond reality. A curtain, a booth, acquire a metaphysical value since the image is not what it appears, but a set where fiction and alteration are staged. In “Labbra”, the reference to the gesture of eating, of biting greedily, with a grimace that shows the teeth, is evident. The choice of a black food that recalls coal is inspired by one of my performances from 2011 (Restando Umani, by L. Anselmi, R. Cavallari). The image focuses on the symbolic value of the color black, and on the theme of darkness. In this case the black drips and dirty the lips. There are many dark references to our time, the darkness is the world of the internet which shapes our thoughts, making us bulimic and subaltern, the consumer society, media images, the unconscious…