Studies on matter

Artist Blog by Valerio Polici

These are my first experiments in analogue manipulation, which respond to a need to establish a more material contact with my production. It is a form of extension of the increasingly close contact I seek with what I photograph.

Touch is a decisive sense in experiencing the world, and it seems to offer me privileged and deeper access to things. After many years of working digitally, the possibilities of using it with photography are limited, and this is frustrating. Engraving, touching, layering provide me with a tactile relationship that was previously missing.

However, there is no denial of form; there is only a desire to take it to another state. I want to push the image to declare itself, forcing it to say what it is made of. Boundary zones interest me.

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