ELENASHIRIN FERRARIO-SCACCHI

http://www.elenashirin.ch/

 

Urodziła się regionie Ticino (południowa część Szwajcarii), gdzie do dzisiaj mieszka i pracuje. Uczyła się w CSIA /College for the Artistic Industry/ w Lugano, uzyskała Swiss Applied Decorative Arts Diploma. W 1975 zakończyła ostatecznie naukę otrzymując Visual Arts Teaching Qualification. Rozpoczęła karierę profesionalnego artysty i nauczyciela Art Teacher in Swiss Colleges. Przez wiele lat pracowała w dziedzinie mody i teatru na terenie Szwajcarii, Wielkiej Brytanii i Włoch. Odbyła wiele podróży artystycznych po Europie, Afryce, Mali, Indiach – /Gujarat&Rajasthan/. Ostatnie osiem lat spędziła w Japonii. Podróże te traktuje jako humanistyczne pogłębienie rozumienia rzeczywistości tych krajów. Ostatnio największy wpływ na twórczość artystki ma zbliżenie się do kultury Japonii, która jest krajem o niezwykle bogatej tradycji i ogromnej wrażliwości na piękno.

I try to create a dreamy atmosphere through the story of emotions and imagination, by establishing a strong and special relationship with those I portrait in my projects. My desire for intimate and spontaneous portraits implies a significant interaction with my subjects. In this way, I capture even the smallest expressive and atmospheric nuances, through creative exchange and dialogue. The value of my practice lies in being present at a time, in a place and especially with the people I am photographing. Subsequently, I transport the elements I have collected into another oniric dimension by the use of painting with natural pigments and Japanese lacca. My two daughters Carlotta and Geraldina are the models I most frequently use. Their spontaneous and unpretentious attitude to perceive themselves allows us to connect in a privileged symbiotic way.

Elenashirin, 2017

Being always fascinated by Oriental art, Elenashirin draws inspiration for her art works from cultural diversity and from her various trips. Elenashirin has travelled for many years following a specific approach. Her artistic expression addresses a personal search focussed on highlighting the interpersonal relationships between people, with an eye wide open onto the feminine side. Metamorphosis, development and the many changes encountered by mankind, particularly by women, are topics at the core of her art projects.

Painting and photography are her favourite media to express her sentiments towards the universality of our human feelings. In her portraits transformation, change and the use of symbols evoke ancient writings, traditions and signs. Through the use of mixed media, such as water based colours, lacquers and various antiquing treatments, alternated by scratches and superimpositions the artist experiences new paths, merging painting with photography, crossing the boundaries between the two disciplines. Elenashirin has also worked with the traditional technique used in the earliest hand coloured photographs of the 19th Century, applying shades of colour by hand on black and white carbon prints, following the same formula used more than 120 years ago by the first colourists.

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