Margherita Manzelli

Studio Guenzani

IN MARGHERITA MANZELLI'S new, large-scale oil paintings, space becomes an abstract plane of monochrome color, kindled by acid yellow or deep green light. In the four works exhibited under the title “Un cielo senza fine” (An endless sky) float bent-over female bodies, wan figures almost suffocated by the pervasive and blinding light, which accentuates their hieratic isolation. Fragile figures emanate uneasiness and dissatisfaction; harsh glances fixedly engage the eye of the viewer. Livid and bleak environments marked by a nervous and difficult subjectivity, a tension contracted in the bodies and condensed in feverish, questioning eyes—these are the elements that Manzelli has always placed at the center of her work. Here, as in her earlier paintings, the eyes staring out at the viewer become the focal point of the composition, the place from which is projected an energy that counterpoints

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