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DIGITAL_ART - 3D virtual exhibition by virtual 9m2 gallery

DIGITAL_ART

Wed, 01/13/2021 to Sun, 01/31/2021

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Self-taught, Katia approached photography at a young age. Her professional career kicked off in 1994, meeting already then with success and approval from the public. She went on to teach photography and, in 2007, she and her husband founded the MAKRO photo studio, specializing in reports as well as in weddings and other events.

Simultaneously with her professional activity, Katia began to explore alternative artistic pathways, something which led her to abstract photography. The Visiografika project was shown for the first time in 2011, although the research at the root of its creation dates back some time.

The Visiografika works are now exhibited in various galleries both in Switzerland and abroad and they are on display in Morcote’s 9m2 gallery, owned by the artist.

Katia carefully chooses her supports, all-important where it comes to emphasizing light and colour in her work. Best-quality recycled paper alternates with materic works, original works and reproductions on plexiglass, crystal and also on cardboard and recycled paper (hand-made by the artist).

Her photography research often ties in with cultural and charity projects. Katia is involved in environmental projects that have brought her various accolades, such as the faigirarelacultura award (in three consecutive years from 2014 to 2016). In 2016, she won – with flying colours – with the handicrafts game “Energia & Risparmio”, which looks to sensitize participants toward energy-saving and to protect the planet’s resources.

All of the artist’s work can be seen and touched at the 9m2 gallery in Lugano or at www.9m2.gallery

In 2018 she adds a new collection to her work: “Digital_Art”. She proposes the limited edition 7 + 1.

What the artist says about “gelli print” – a technique that she got to know and practice since 2019:
“It really took me some time to create these flower’s shapes. In fact I inspired myself with flowers and leaves found in the woods where I go to relax and meditate.
Then I prepared my own gelli plate with the special frame that gives me the round angles. I also studied the layout of the colors.
On each layer I use a botanical shape that I previously created. This technique allows me to create many monoprint monotype or gelli print with infinite combinations of colors and many smashing flower’s shapes”.

Katia also creates beautiful handmade jewelry using acrylic beads in many shapes and colors.

DIGITAL_ART by Katia Mandelli Ghidini

Art is the need to translate one's emotions into expressive forms that encapsulate their content. 
Artists are well aware of how strong and irresistible the desire to "create" can sometimes be, almost like a need that cannot be satisfied until the flat surface, or the material itself, has finally been transformed. 
We know that the use of expressive forms of all kinds is justified in the art world by the impossibility of imposing limits on experimentation, and art history teaches us that, often, evolution has been shaped more by provocation than stylistic practice. 
More recent expressive forms of course include digital art, wherein the computer, graphics tablet and mouse replace the paintbrush and the palette. 
 
There is a tendency, in common language, to use the term "digital" to refer to the entire world of computers, the most notable feature of which is repeatability, in contrast with art where uniqueness remains a predominant feature in determining value. 
The two worlds may therefore seem incompatible but, if we set aside our prejudices, it becomes clear that digital tools offer a multitude of new expressive opportunities just waiting to be discovered. 
Andy Warhol, one of the leading representatives of pop art, said that being able to use current technology when he first embarked on his artistic journey would have opened up not one, but thousands, of creative worlds, each replete with possibility. 
And so, in the hands of an artist, digital tools should be regarded in the same way as any other tool or expressive technique.
 
In her "Digitial_Art" works, Katia Mandelli Ghidini uses her fingers to simulate brushes and a tablet to simulate the canvas, but allows the contribution of traditional material to "seal" the digital work.  
The result is a satisfying mix of techniques that proves, once again, that an artist's creativity cannot be bridled, and its appreciation must not be limited to the mere use of one technique over another. 
A sensitive and dynamic artist, Katia has taught us not to take anything for granted, and this time she surprises us with a hugely impactful colourful and emotive collection.

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