“The Fool on the Hill”, 2017. Mosaic & Mixed Media: ceramic, glass, mirror, XVI Century pipes, shells, beads & millefiori on wooden board, direct method (41x41cm). 85% reused material. Ever felt the feeling? Wanting to grab others by their shoulders to make them see the sun going down, but only to see instead what a lunatic you are in their eyes, and retreat? Perhaps it is time to close our devices and open our minds, disconnect from our screens and reconnect with nature, look beyond and climb on that hill. Let us all be Fools, and keep each other company on that hill. We could check if it is true that the sun is not setting where it used to… Shall we?
Francesca’s mission is to make Mosaic ROCK. She wants to show it to the world as an art which can be incredibly rich… every material has at least one fascinating feature about it: the very nature of its texture and just the subtle tilt of a tile allow for different colours, reflections and shades depending on the angle of sight. Chances are that no two viewers will see it the same way at the same time.
Torn between optimism and surrender, Francesca is haunted by the idea of mankind’s imminent self-destruction. Yet, she still believes in a future for humanity of resourceful innovation through recycling and upcycling. She is fascinated by the colours and textures of both artificial and natural elements, which she enthusiastically hunts for in everyday life and restlessly plays with in new combinations, pairing and contrasting noble material with rubbish. Her aim is to prove their reciprocal need, how rubbish is a relative definition and how it can be turned into something useful, fun and even beautiful.
To Francesca, art has the same importance as philosophy: its ultimate purpose is to provoke something in the viewer of its time. As an artist, she feels a compelling urge to convey a message to the viewer, whether a thought or a pure emotion, as strongly as her technical and creative capabilities will allow.