Letizia Galli

Galleria Marabini

If it still made sense to speak of abstract art, Letizia Galli’s paintings would have to be called abstract. In her captivating chromatic compositions, often set against a background as black as icy space, galaxies of colors with indefinite boundaries take fire, gracefully arranged on the canvas so as to seem more a texture than an image. These porous boundaries result from a process whereby the color interacts with a solvent that spreads randomly across the canvas. Set in motion by the artist, the process is nonetheless outside her specific control, since the material and its contrary clash and combine without her being able to intervene after the initial gesture. The process may be conceptually motivated, as Galli stresses, but the result is strongly decorative—a word we needn’t shy away from, since the category of decoration is, after all, basic to any concept of painting.

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