Maria Adele Del Vecchio
The artist's book by Maria Adele Del Vecchio (Caserta, 1976) is an endless combinations of signs: a “personal and abnormal semiology", as defined by the artist herself, where culture and free will play chess together, revealing their contradictory nature, and ultimately, of reality. In deciphering these signs the picture of reality gets re-assembled and manifests itsefl to those who are able to read it.
So the book ‘Subtext’ is composed of several parts of different texts by Witold Gombrowicz and James G. Ballard in which the artists tracks down a common vision, pairing them with some of her shots which are similar to narrow slits through which the artist sees the grids upon which life is structured. The approach is not a scientific one, but more poetic and dedicated to following magic and contradictions of the message of signs.
Well matched and mutually interpenetrating, photographs and texts compose a set of parallel references woven so as to form a wide subtext. Ordinary events or visions, such as the terrace of a hotel or the cracks of a wall, become central in the writings of the two authors while the stumbles of the artist's sharp and constantly tense look become forms of a content of a reality that reveals its corrosive essence.