Looking towards mass media advertising, fashion, and the surplus of images that surround us, Eva Rorandelli’s work investigates contemporary perceptions of identity by questioning what is “real” as the world becomes increasingly artificial due to technological advances and the development of new moral and social infrastructures. Although her paintings feature figures that are often larger than life and appear frozen in awkward positions, they are not intended as subjects in a traditional sense. Rather, they are merely spatial elements of movement and stillness that extend from autonomous living backgrounds. Her work reflects a female perception of reality; the figures’ presences question the validity of their role as subjects, their gaze creating and questioning ours.
Rorandelli’s paintings and video works explore the relationship between imagination and reality and critique the emphasis in today’s society of appearance over essence. Her use of fashion as inspiration is an act of remaking and revising previously successful object/symbols celebrated by society—it is a way to emphasize the transformation and metamorphosis of the era we live in. Playing with traditional techniques and themes, and the contrast of collaged materials, resins, and the chemical adhesion of pigment to cloth, the physical nature of the textile becomes a hybrid form of chemical imbalance that parallels the development of today’s foundation-altering technologies (such as nanorobotics and artificial life) and their imminent implications for the fabric of human consciousness.
A native of Florence, Italy, Rorandelli now lives and works in San Francisco. Her paintings, performances and video installations have been shown internationally, including at the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, the Premio Internazionale di Pittura, GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, Fondazione D’Ars in Milan, and Lincoln Center in New York City.