The reverse side of things, the underside of the living - this, in my view,
is what Jessica Vaturi portrays. It is what I would call the dis-figurative:
a rendering of the invisible in visible form.
A tension between the represented and its disappearance.

At once material and immaterial, these apparitions are drawn into reality.
Their bulges and textures play with the light. There are certain portraits
that cease to be portraits. The soul's blue ink has corne through the skin.
Swollen forms recall animal and organic elements, as if we were looking
inside living beings. This inverted geography of the human body becomes
a world of the fantastic.
Thus seen, the painting's own nervous system seizes the canvas,
in layer-upon layer of transversals. This "reverse-side technique," as Vaturi
calls it, works to render the human form at once unfamiliar and
recognizable. For me it evokes the work of poetry, which brings the
intimate out to the exterior, rendering the internal in external form.
There is a surface, and at the same time that surface is interpenetrated.
As if the canvas were sculpted.
Yes, once again we witness painting in the process of reinventing itself,
a beautiful sight to see. And that cannot be described.

Catalogue : Being Time, Being Space
2002 - Galerie Avivson


Painting as a reversal of appearences

Translation: Jennifer Pinard