Artist: Antonella Prasse
Type: Painting, Unique and Original
Material & Size: Acrylics and Oil Chalks on Cotton Canvas, 80 cm x 120 cm
Description: Selective Drosera is one of the latest works produced by the artist Antonella Prasse. A painting that, as usual in Prasse's practice, is a set of layers of gestures and color that overlap and fuse together. Layers that become almost a reading of time, the time in which the work was produced - 4 months - and in which it took on different forms, layer by layer. The time here is therefore condensed on a single level, it has become a meditative energy center with warm, autumnal colors. The title Drosera Selettiva derives from the artist’s recent interest in the family of plants called Droseraceae, carnivorous plants commonly called sundews. Prasse had been inspired by the book The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks, which refers to various experiments conducted by Darwin on this particular plant species. The sundew is described as “selective" because it is an extremely intelligent plant that captures and eats only the things that it needs to survive, nor more, nor less. The painting refers to the perfection of nature, as typical theme of Prasse’s works. She emphasises the relationship and bond that must, or should, exist between the human being and its most intimate nature to put the individual back in contact with its true and real needs.