Cinzia Castellano’s paintings occupy multiple planes and visual languages. Hints of colours underline or sometime dictate forms and create their own spaces within the painting. Layering, playing with space, flatness and perspective are consistent preoccupations, but in these new works there is a powerful use of weight and balance – a sense of being taken into a physical space.
Just as our daily experience seems regimented by routine and predictability, abstraction follows rules. Yet, as we ourselves experience the minute details of our lives, so subject to chance, there is a simmering fluidity that speckles the routine. Cinzia Castellano straddles this gap between structure and disorder by taking a playful, yet method-based approach to abstract painting.
Abstract painting is so much more than cold, clean lines and obscure formations that hint at forever hidden meanings. It is the purest expression of art’s inner purpose – to beautify and compound layers of meaning to existence. By extension, abstract art expresses the artist’s inner being – a private world of thought, emotion, action and desire, made public by the act of painting.
Cinzia Castellano brings abstraction to its logical conclusion, which is to investigate the necessary relationship between order and chaos, structure and disorder. Art, by its very nature, navigates a winding path through structure and disorder: on the one hand, the artwork is always already structured by the artist’s decisions in the process of making, but on the other hand, it is subjected to the earthly disorder of entropy, memory and expression. The artist is, after all, only ever attempting to bring order to the chaos of existence.
Based in London since 1995, Cinzia Castellano is an Italian artist who studied painting in Florence. Her work has featured in solo and group shows in the UK and abroad.