My artistic background is quite eclectic. In 1995, after four years of Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan, I went Erasmus for the Faculty of Fine Arts in Salamanca (Spain), where I was fortunate to have as a mentor the internationally renowned artist Santiago Serrano. I remained in that faculty for two years under the faculty’s request. I decided that Art was my life, I left Architecture, and stayed in Spain for another four years to begin my artistic career.
For years the studies of Architecture’s theories, Japanese thought and its way of conceiving space combined with my passion for post-quantum physics theories, brought my artistic pictorial research to the Renè Tom’s theories and the concept of Trance-training, in addition to an obsession with Total Opera.
But, in 2011, a traumatic event determined the change of direction of my work.
So, I could say that my artistic activity has a before and an after. In 2011 I had a huge car accident, almost fatal, from which I recovered completely, after several surgical operations of reconstruction of my face, in 2017.
From that moment I began to study all religions at a comparative level, esoteric geometry, the principles of Alchemy by Hermes Trimester and to deepen the studies of the Collective Detection Method of Jung, method that I experimented on myself for a long time with a diary of drawings.
This experimentation led me to write several theories about the connection between Art and Science and the need to explore Light in the artistic field. So, I set aside some of the painting to get into the world of photography.
For me Art and Science are like the symbol of the Tao (Yin and Yang). They cannot ignore each other; both are fueled by the cosmic vibration that from sound becomes light and makes the creation visible.
They are the Masculine and Feminine part of the Collective Unconscious and as such they are manifested in two apparently opposite ways, as black and white do. But if instead of seeing them separated we consider them as a unity, human beliefs fall and leave room for the light that turns into darkness and darkness that turns into light.
This archetypal quest of mine led me to want to experience the Cosmic Light imprisoned by the darkness of the Universe, and this theory is found precisely in the cardinal principles of Jewish Mysticism.
Esilio della Luce (Light’s Exile). The Passage from Divine Light to Universe’s Creation.
According to Kabbalà, therefore, "at the beginning", before the creation of the world there existed only an Infinite Light (Or Ein Sof) which filled all existence, and which represents the first manifestation of God, the irradiation of his perfect and infinite consciousness.
The 'Or Ein Sof had to undergo a narrowing or through the TZIMTZUM was created an empty and dark space. After creating this space, God sent down in it a concentrated "Line of Light". In that single light line that entered the empty space, receptive and available, were concentrated all worlds and all creatures.
My intent through this light painting work, though made with a photographic technique, is both to represent this will of God to withdraw into himself to create the PASSAGE of the darkness to the archetypal images that are present in it.
If the main doctrine that inspired the whole project was influenced by the concept of light portrayal of Isaac Luria, the order of the works and their representation derives from the Book of Creation the Sefer Yetzirah, in which the world is generated from the Spirit which in turn creates the three elements Air, Water and Fire corresponding to the three letters of the Hebrew alphabet Aleph, Mem and Sin. Earth as a by-product of water is then placed as the last in the sequence.
A Non-Existent photography. Light's Paintings and Magnetics Cubes Sculptures
Contemporary art and Jewish culture are closely linked together in a structured international artistic project " Esilio della Luce " by the Milanese artist of Croatian origins Laura Fonovich / Lalike.
The works are made with a technique that blends painting, photography and sculpture and dialogue in dialogue with the architecture that houses them. The artist has exhibited more than thirty works of various sizes and techniques, including photographic paintings made with the Giclée tecnique, large plexiglass panels and sculptures created with the magnetic cubes of MagiCube toy by Geomag.
The works were exhibited for the first time in 2018 in:
Gorizia Synagogue | 13 May - 10 June 2018
Rijeka Synagogue | 2 September - 10 September 2018
Casale Monferrato Synagogue | 7 October - 4 November 2018