Chiara Rogazzo is an Italian artist based in London exploring the boundaries between graphic and realism through painting.
Inspired by personal feelings and daydreams, Chiara’s paintings are often composed around a central figure frozen in a scene that could last forever. Muted colours and loose brushstrokes mixed with bright colours and refined lines to capture the moment of being lost in one’s own world.
Mind Fly, Chiara’s most recent collection of works, is a journey inside a mind affected by anxiety. After struggling with this disorder for many years, Chiara decided to use her art as a medium to express her personal experience of living day to day with anxiety. Each painting, a window into Chiara’s mind, depicts an everyday emotion or action with the recurring image of a fly. The fly is the physical manifestation of the dominant feelings of discomfort and agitation that arise with the presence of both the insect and her anxiety, a “crescendo of a hidden torment.”
The dominant sensations of discomfort and agitation she feels when she encounters this insect are the same as those she relates to her anxiety. Discomfort, as the fly is filthy and always corrupting everything it comes into contact with. Agitation, the persistent sound that it makes, constant and unpleasant that is always heard but not seen. And to try to rid yourself of the presence of a fly is hard, like an itch that cannot be scratched. Or if it is, it soon then returns.
Anxiety. It is a difficult feeling to try to describe to another person. Because the feelings related to anxiety are very personal, emotional responses that could be triggered by a countless number of factors and will vary significantly from person to person. Anxiety could mean a tingle of excitement for one person or it could mean the feeling of overpowering to another.
For Chiara, anxiety means “losing her self” in an irrational train of thoughts|emotions or actions.
SOLO SHOW, GRAFFIK GALLERY 20-02-2020
Mind Fly—a crescendo of a hidden torment.
Mind Fly, Chiara’s most recent collection of work, is a journey inside a mind affected by anxiety. In this exhibition, Chiara shares her personal experiences of struggling with anxiety for many years. Each painting depicts an everyday emotion or action with the recurring image of a fly. Chiara uses the fly as a physical manifestation of the dominant feelings of discomfort and agitation that arise with the presence of both the insect and her anxiety— “a crescendo of a hidden torment.”