24 Nov 2010

Dreaming Alice by Nicoletta Ceccoli

Nicoletta Ceccoli
Nicoletta Ceccoli
Nicoletta Ceccoli

Nicoletta Ceccoli    

Nicoletta Ceccoli

Grandville *

"Dorothy Circus Gallery in occasion of its fourth anniversary, brings back on the italian contemporary art scene the artist Nicoletta Ceccoli with a personal exhibition entitled “Incubi Celesti” (“Heavenly Nightmares”) a tribute to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Nicoletta Ceccoli dedicates her exhibition to the childhood themes that vanishe without a leaving trace and to the passage that brings the child into the adulthood. This show is an homage to the dream. Alice becomes the allegory of the Heavenly Nightmares of children. Inhabited by monsters and extraordinary adventures. The morbid curiosity of exciting fear and anxiety that occours before one should wake up and find themselves liberated from their dreams.

A child girl, who appears with large grey eyes and a porcelain face, embraces in her arms numerous dolls, which represent many fragments of herself, that no longer exist. These disphanous colors stand out on a black background, which recounts the immense sense of emptyness and solitude hanging on the souls. A remedy to dispair is therefore sought by the fill in of things living in a parallel reflected reality.

The young girl imposes an impressive sense of cinematographic silence, as if she desires to share her most misterious secrets with who stands before her. The pained rabbit such as an hades ferryman brings his olde-worlde playfellow by the other landside, crossing sad waters full of toys, in order to arrive into the adulthood: dreamlike atmospheres are suspended. The watcher, like Aeneas, descends into the underworld to see once again the worls he lost, willing to belong to it again, but taking just a quick glance, without recalling the ghosts of the past.

The serpents which wrap themselves around the slender bodies of young children, symbolize the sense of rationality without a soul, that grinds the ingenuity in a kind of review a of the Adam and Eve myth. Using characters and forms of childhood language and putting under glass the adult fears, Nicoletta Ceccoli tells that delicate transition and the relferred absense of dreams, revisiting the themes of childhood, anthropomorphizing toys and landscapes, creating a new and complex cosmogony. In her ten unpublished works acrylic on paper prevails the key to phsycoanalitical research of a constellation of symbols made of sugar, caramel, buttons and pins.

This italian artist has exhibited in many prestigious art galleries of “Pop Surrealism” from Seattle to Los Angeles, Toronto, Manchester and New York. She has aroused many positive responses and great interest from many of the most important collectors . Her Artworks are true fragments of consuming and restless dreams, which will enrapt you in a total experience. Her meticulous technique, and use of delicate colors, unite an atmosphere consisting of a rich composition in a world of fables, with the true acknowle gement and experience of the feminility of a woman. The spectator is left with an immense need to dream again, holdin g in his eyes the children created by Nicoletta Ceccoli as a souvenire of journey through twil ight and dream." Release from the Site of "Doroty Circus Gallery"

Images and text found at "Doroty Circus Gallery" 
site HERE

Solo Show
• 29 Settembre - 23 Dicembre 2010
• September 29th - December 23th 2010

Buy special products of Nicoletta Ceccoli, including some of her Alices. HERE


* "Jean-Ignace Gérard, known as Grandville, is acknowledged as one of the most inventive and prolific book-illustrators of the first half of the nineteenth century in France. Grandville illustrated dozens of works, produced literally thousands of drawings in his brief lifetime, and remains perhaps best -known for the three books most marked by his acute gift for fantastic design: The Animated Flowers; The Public and Private Lives of the Animals, and his incontestable masterpiece: 
Another World. 

All the images on these pages devoted to Grandville come from that work, the strange tale of an otherworldly voyage that takes place on Earth. Among the disquieting metamorphoses depicted here, the series of ballerina-marionettes, the war of the decks of cards (which Lewis Carroll apparently knew) and the men transformed by scoptophilic lust into phallic eyeballs, are among the most striking. "

found HERE

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