Nouvelles etudes sur le magnétisme animal, 2008. This series is conceived as a study on hybrid creatures and the environments and atmospheres they live in: a mixture of rural and urban, soil and plastic, real and artificial. The title was inspired by Franz Anton Mesmer’s Mémoire sur la découverte du magnétisme animal, as a reference to a dimension where science encounters magic.
(…) This vision, which moulds and shapes all her work, focuses her attention on the fusion of man and animal on a different horizon from the one which we might be tempted to place it at first glance. It is not just a simple question of fascination for what science and technology have made possible, nor an anticipation of what they could make possible in the future. Her mutants are more ‘visual metaphors’ of a proximity which has always been there, and it is her auspice that it will still condition our ‘natural’ evolution. The ears, the tails, the claws and spots on the skin of the protagonists of her pictures are not the dreams (or nightmares) of a child of the biotech era but are the physical visualisations of the components that are already part of our humanity. (…) Domenico Quaranta