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I will be Whiter than Snow Installation

Umberto Buttigieg

Installation, Mixed Media on Other

Size: 0.4 W x 0.4 H x 1 D in

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The continuous and eternal alternation of sinfulness and attempted purity within the body is the central theme explored in this durational ritual. Mark-making on the skin surface, and its cleaning with water serve as symbols to make visible this internal struggle. The performance plays on the concept of repetition not in the sense of a pedantic reiteration of an act but from the christian perspective of remembering and re-living. Thus, each act, although following the same structure and oppressive list of rules, is novel because it is informed by the previous one. In other words, the durational performance is an experience of adding layer upon layer on the body through the writing of new narratives and experiences on the skin surface.

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Installation:Mixed Media on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:0.4 W x 0.4 H x 1 D in

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My artistic practice is an expression of thoughts and personal evaluations resulting from theoritical research and observation about the environment I am most familiar with: the cultural situation I grew in and human behaviours and attitudes in such environments. Being born in Malta, a staunchly Catholic Mediterranean island, where religion is not only about faith but finds its way also in politics, culture, traditions, way of life and personal decisions, it is thus almost inevitable for me to be drawn towards religious beliefs and customs as a source of inspiration for my artistic practice. My artistic process starts with an interest in exploring a specific argument or a quest to find out about certain issues. Thus, the work is the visual realization of the findings and points examined during my research process. Emanating from this research is the development of a collection of works which are related together in concept yet still individual in aesthetics and in the evaluation of issues. The selection of mediums is not prioritized in the development of a piece but is totally subordinate to the idea developed. In fact, my practice is interdisciplinary and includes photo manipulation, collage, pastige, video art, performance and installations.
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