Antigone... continue

"I wished to tell the happiness of country life by weaving in a 'trascendent' mode traditional with surrealistic art"...

Etching printed in color by Artist, Title: "Al pascolo"    Etching printed in color by Artist, Title: "Cavalli al Lago"

The reason of this transcendence lies on the root of Papasso’s creativity. Hidden under the pseudonym of Antigone, he proposes us small well-connotated animal figures. Yet a foreign element superimposes an hypothesis of mystery, an immaterial aspect, as if it were a sign from the sky.

In the beginning of the Seventies he buys a chalcographic press in order to devote himself to engraving and chalcographic printing. Meanwhile he is learning and thinks about the results he has obtained so far. He considers them too leveled to be up to his expectations.

"I came to believe that the contradictions inherent in those works contained an unusual vitality. Those colours, in that traditional context, as the time went by, adapted, asserted and transformed themselves into new harmonies".

These declarations disclose the humility of their author. It is true that he defined himself to be an egocentric. In his case, however, egocentricity does not mean that he dwells upon himself or upon his material interests. It rather applies to listening and drawing on the energy of his id which is like answering "yes" to a call from above.

His astonishment is amazing. Papasso is greatly encouraged to go forward.

"By mixing realism with surrealism, taste and conventional gestures, the rational and canonical ones were, in part, abandoned!".

Etching printed in color by Artist

This "yes" to transcendence, to the God within himself, produced the birth and the multiplication of new, unimaginable aspects. Papasso could be assimilated to a maternal place with the awareness of being both host and guest of the creature it carries, protects, nurtures and gives birth to for the joy of the others.

Papasso-Antigone explains empirically this phenomenon through another metaphor:

"it is as if the artist were to substitute a peasant who, having tilled the land for sowing, would wait for seeds to sprout and to grow into fruits bearing plants without furher intervention".

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