The word vision, besides meaning the physiologic act of seeing, means also something fantastic, extraordinary due to a prodigious event or a hallucination.
The prodigious event for an artist is art: it identifies with his own life and expresses his worked out vision of the world: ”vision” in the sense of a whole of thoughts and feeling flowing from his relation with reality. This is the case of Keziat.
If in every culture miracles are carried out by gods, demiurges or persons endowed with extraordinary capacities, we can assent that the artist is a demiurge of the imaginary, a creator of fictions worlds, a worker-out of reality. In his works he makes the observer discover elements in which he can recognize a part of himself and of his story or provokes questions which reveal other ways of looking at reality.
Then the miracle is showing art as an extra-ordinary relation.
In her works Keziat gives life to imaginary creatures and worlds. In her drawings ”other” realities break “the taboos of a merely retinol vision” (Andrè Breton) just as it happens in dreaming. They show us polymorphous beings and animals genetically modified by fantasy or unusually expressive fishes peering at us from inside computer screens and broken tv sets. The screen instead of the face (expressiveness, communication) and of the mind (rationality and emotion) lays emphasis on the limit between real and virtual. On which we more and more often walk like rope-walkers and let our thoughts be oriented by television and computer. Electronic boxes, where the whole world seems contained, actually the deceitful mirrors showing manipulated parts of reality.
The reinventing of reality by Keziat doesn’t claim likelihood, rather it offers fantastic shelters to ponder over daily life often too arid and schizophrenic. There are worlds peopled by birds in the Lewis Carroll way with long legs and trumpet shaped beaks playing soothing melodies.
In the china ink triptych “The tree of dreams”, next to the musician bird, there is a screen reminding us of anxious nightmare reality. In the central panel the tree leaves become fishes flying and chasing one another to give life to the outline of a city which in its turn becomes hat and hair of a person emerging from inside an egg, a kind of Platonic cave.
The short animation “Memoria di un folle” /“A madman’s recollection” is made up of a series of drawings with the same characters as on paper artworks. The world of the artist is all in her head, in her look open to the visionary, madness which gives birth to “the omnipotence of dreams”. Like the snail in the video let us yield to day-dreaming, let us go into the world of Keziat’s wonders where every why has multiple never definitive answers.
Just as in a dream, but with wide open eyes.
Emanuela De Notariis
KEZIAT “HYBRIDS” 13 September – 11 November 2015
Vernissage 13 September 7.00 pm
Relais Rione Ponte, via Giuseppe Zanardelli, 20 ( 00186) Rome
L’Albero dei sogni