Antonio Papasso

Papier Froissé, Year 2000, cm. 62x130

Who decides at what point a work is completed?

Indeed, the creative process does not end in the sequence of works nor in the particular features of each work.

Soon after having materially made some of his works, Papasso invited friends, experts and critics to see them in order to discover their reactions.

After the first visit, their answer was indifference. After the second visit, instead, they showed interest. Translated into the peasant’s example, it is as if his guests had discovered, visit after visit, the seeds growing into plants and producing fruits.

"For the author and the viewers, works are validated not so much because of repeated observations but because of their natural growth, inside and outside of each one of us. Only when work is «ripe», it can reveal itself in its objective truthfulness and can communicate with its interlocutor at different psychological levels. Nature, human beings and, as a consequence, the artists are impregnated with phenomenology. The peasant is unaware of this phenomenon and trusts in what is stated by nature, in his own experience and in the tradition".

"The one who practices experimentation cannot reach certainty once his work is made. The objectivity and honesty of his perceptive sensibility sharpen his instruments of judgement that change into a sensitive metre adjusting itself as time goes by. To be an artist means, first of all, to solve one’s own existential problems".

Papier Froissé, Year 1992, cm. 44,5x66,5 Detail of the Papier

It is difficult to find an appropriate space for a person who takes on this position of faith, of bewilderment, of endless welcoming to a work that sees the light of day, that grows in the underground of his id and explodes in the magnificence revealed by the new creature. How can one answer the need of definition demanded by critics, spectators and interlocutors who deny the artist’s vocation to uncertainty? Are they perhaps too fragile to rely on the flow of mystery?

Papasso feels the need of knowing more and taking an interest the «phenomena» of communication, as well as philosophical and anthropological issues. He thinks about the work he has created and reconsiders the artistic trends of the twentieth century.

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