Fluid Dreams – Venetian resin-glass sculptures by Annalù
March 15, 2022
Fresh, changeable, and direct, Annalù’s art knows how to touch the viewer, provoking the deepest sensations and recalling ancestral emotions.
Annalù was born in Venice, Italy in 1976. Despite of her young age, her artistic experience is vast and deep. Annalù exhibits her sculptures in international museums, public squares, and cathedrals, as well as over twenty global galleries. East West Fine Art first introduced Annalù’s art to the United States in 2015.
In the works of the artist there is a sense of transformation, of evolution as a sort of journey between different states, between different realities.
“I want my work to be an intensely lyrical and evocative. My creations are always metamorphic forms, imaginary architectures created through the assembly and alchemy of synthetic resins, papers and materials removed from nature such as bark and roots” writes Annalù.
The artist assembles in-congruent elements such as resins and paper, bark and fiberglass, and roots, to create new suspended worlds.
“I believe in language that creates new forms through a strong symbiosis between technique and content. I believe in the work that obscures a standardizing light” says Annalù.
From the materials that she utilizes, to the objects that she re-creates – nothing in Annalù’s works of art is random. The major focus of her art is on the theme of water, the central element of life. The resin-glass material mimics fresh drops of life-giving water.
The butterfly, which is most often present in her creations symbolizes re-birth of self, constant change, and strength despite its seeming fragility. The butterfly starts off as larvae, then grows into a caterpillar, and finally emerges as the butterfly, becoming more beautiful at its every stage of life. In its ephemeral, short existence, the butterfly makes the longest and most arduous journey of any living creature, flying for weeks over oceans and continents.
Just as the butterfly is deceptively fragile, Annalù’s sculptures only appear delicate and effortless. However, there is a hidden danger to working with resin. Annalù wears a respirator and full body hazmat suit while mixing the highly volatile and toxic substance. Early in her career, the artist burned her lungs with the toxic fumes. But this story has a twist: in the emergency room, Annalù met her future husband, the doctor who saved her.
Annalù is always experimenting, willing to risk her life for her otherworldly art. She writes “The operation that I carry out is not so far from alchemical witchcraft, the transmutation of one matter into another. I tell stories about suspended worlds in metamorphosis, and I place myself in that moment of transition between painting and sculpture, in a hybrid terrain that allows me to experiment with different expressive possibilities.”