Artist Silvana LaCreta Ravena produces wearable art, silk painting, batik, acrylic, oil, wax and mixed media.
'Iíve been reflecting on the practice of painting and witnessing its diversity of approaches and creative ways of connecting meaning and image. Memory, for me, is this territory of connections between meanings and images.
Working with many layers of material and the successive coats of wax allows me to create a sense of ambiguity in my images, showing or disguising the elements in their blend with the wax, which I relate either to memory or to my search for intellectual openness. This methodology of abstracting the general conventions of representational image, the overlapping of layers and the accumulation of media help me to suggest a sense of defamiliarization related to the images Iím creating.. I intend to provoke a feeling of ambiguity in the viewer as a reminder of the arbitrary relationship between the object and its meaning. Thus, my work deals with the idea of abstracting the usual conventions of image in order to reflect on the fissure between the object and its intelligibility. I am concerned with the ways in which we formulate the meaning and the values that structure our visual perception, and therefore the paths we follow in interpreting visuality. I usually work with series of paintings, dealing with an interplay among history, psychology and art. Investigating various aspects of the concept of memory, I seek to stimulate the interaction between past and present, culture and individuality as possibilities of reflection and transformation. Image, for me, is a product of looking at and actively seeing an object which is a psychological experience of pleasure, culturally conditioned and socially legitimized.'