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Jessica Diamond

Massimo De Carlo | Via Giovanni Ventura

After exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, Jessica Diamond showed eight wall drawings of varying dimensions and a series of works on paper as an homage to Yayoi Kusama, who also participated in the last Biennale. One wall drawing in particular served as a guide to Diamond’s recent work. The phrase “We must forget ourselves with polka dots” was painted on colored sections. Coming from an artist who has used language to criticize the political system in general and the art system in particular, this phrase might be taken as a declaration of disengagement or a retreat into subjectivity.

Kusama’s polka dots, those that appear in her soft sculptures or in her vertiginous installations multiplied by mirrored surfaces, constitute a strategy of light from the codified crystallizations of the ego. They recall the psychedelic culture of the ’60s and its liberating impact.

Diamond doesn’t limit herself

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