Eliana Marinari began her training in Florence, Italy, as a scientist, while studying Art under the mentoring of Greta Villa from the Academy of Florence. She continued her studies in London, where she obtained an interdisciplinary PhD at University College London, then focusing on her studio practice and her interpretation of realism in figurative painting at Central St Martins. She later moved to Switzerland, where she continued her quest in bridging the gap between Art and Science. In 2015, she received the prestigious Swiss National Funding Award for the development of an interdisciplinary project. Her work has been exhibited and is held in private collections in Switzerland, Italy, the UK, and the US. She has been featured by multiple media outlets and publications, including The Jealous Curator, BOOOOOOOM and Create! Magazine among others.
My paintings, created by superposition of glazing layers of aerosol paint on ink and pastel drawings, are a surreal representation of the subject, speaking of both the distorted quality of memory and the ephemeral nature of our experiences. The vestigial image, composed of transparent imperceptible paint particles, mimics the process of creating a visual representation of an image in our mind, which is matched in our memory to attribute meaning. The hazy quality of my portraits challenge the viewer, as the process of face recognition becomes more difficult, semantic associations become more important. The introduction of abstraction in my work brings time, memory, loss and an emotional narrative to the image so that the work becomes as much about the viewer as of the person who is in the painting.