Untitled (Benvenuto di Giovanni), 2005
Thu, 10/28/2021 – 18:07
While living in London, Elisa Sighicelli made a number of lightbox works inspired by the Renaissance art on display at the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena. Looking past the paintings’ dense content, Sighicelli examined the background scenery and extracted passages of charming natural detail and painterly freedom; here we see a horizontal slice of the lower portion of Benvenuto di Giovanni’s Ascension. She then mounted the photographic print on translucent acrylic, the reverse side of which she selectively painted black, so the fluorescent light illuminates only the sky. The variable light emanating from behind the image gives it dimensionality and flow, creating a dreamlike scene.
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Italy, b. 1968
Dye coupler print and lightbox
© Elisa Sighicelli, photo courtesy of the artist