Tu 6 Oz. Luci e ombre del meraviglioso mago
“The artist tries to reveal what we already are before we know it ourselves. Head, heart and heroism are what we all share in equal measure. You merely have to learn how to use them”
Sara Zamperlin continues with her project on fairy tales, this time devoting herself to Lyman Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. To bring the fairy tale into reality and reality into the fairy tale, the artist has to meet people and to listen to them. It is an encounter of body and mind in which each one confides in the other. One ready to give of itself, the other to welcome it. An encounter that brings forth something that even Sara herself is not aware of. Only in this way is it possible to crystallize the idea which will form the thread of her entire project, in which research and in-depth analysis are crucial for reaching the final phase – the creation of her painting.
Each project is, for Sara Zamperlin, one of discovery, insight, and renewal. By continually rising to all the challenges this type of journey demands, she feels herself to be utterly transformed.
Thus it is that art also helps us to be free by stripping us bare. In front of ourselves – and in front of others. This action of being stripped bare is the first step we have to face. In her Wizard of Oz project, the artist’s aim is to reveal what we already are before we know it ourselves. Head, heart and heroism are what we all share in equal measure. One just has to learn how to use them. And there are those who are led into doing just so, compelled by traumatic life-events. Which the subjects she portrays have lived through personally.
The artist’s long path of research starts with the selection of the subject by advertisement. This is followed by a face-to-face interview and photograph so as to capture their expression in an image that will then be carried across onto canvas.
It will be Sara Zamperlin’s brush strokes that liberate the soul of the person-character, made humanly imperfect by means of the elimination of contour and use of drizzle paint collage until the subject becomes one with a background in which it seems to abandoned to itself, as if in a hug.
With the project on The Wizard of Oz, the artist’s intention is to reveal what we already are before we know it ourselves. Head, heart and heroism are what we all share in equal measure. One just has to learn how to use them. And there are those who are led into doing just so, compelled by traumatic life-events. Which the subjects selected by Sara have lived through personally. The very act of confronting one’s self, and recognizing it in the artist’s brushstrokes, is a fundamental step towards the liberation of one’s own self.