Reflection

With the benefit of hindsight, historians have been able to write about the civilization of humanity, through intellectual, emotional, social and creative manifestations and endeavours. In many watersheds in art’s history, we are able to appreciate the transformation of how we (as humans) see and make art as a form of expressive communication within our community as well as to others unlike us, who may not speak the same language or hold the same values as people or social animals. Reflection itself is not a simple concept of that which ‘throws back’ or provides a mirror effect; nor does it only present the idea of thinking quietly (as in, to reflect upon, in meditation). Since the Renaissance in Italy in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, the dichotomies of pagan and religious content in art were not the true divisions on how human civilization ‘reflected’ values and what they wished to present in artistic enterprise. Even though this was very apparent: of what was not religious and what was for religious teaching as a measure of socio-political construction, people of the time consciously took up the idea of art as a new horizon in which they might express who they really were as individuals, no matter what the form. The difference was more between the symbolic general, and the unique individual – the follower without personal thought and the dynamic inventor who wanted to realize human potential.

In the sculpture of Anna Chiara Spellini, we see how certain symbolic textures take on their own personal meaning through her warm and profound reflection upon her making endeavor, and the subject matter at hand. What this means is that a simple work that has a simple title and concept, belie greater meaning through our own involvement as viewers before the work. We might associate the work and immediacy of the imagery with that we may know or have seen before; concepts familiar to us or even that unfamiliar to us even if we know little of them.

This level of engagement is what transforms the work of Anna Chiara Spellini into a domain that remains vividly alive in the time passed and the time of contemporary understanding and appreciation.