First solo exhibition in Italy by the English artist Phoebe Unwin, Field is made up of a series of new drawings and paintings created specifically for the Pattern Room of the Collection.
The title of the exhibition evokes multiple connotations. The "field" refers to the landscape, but also to the backgrounds of color and the cut of the vision. It is a place in between, a traditional pictorial subject that allows the artist to oscillate between the figurative and the abstract, to investigate the formal qualities of painting.
By developing a research on the landscape and on the interaction between the human figure and the surrounding environment, Unwin constructs with painting a delicate alternation of horizons, varied distances that generate observation at different speeds. Even the stratified and porous surface of the works and the blurred focus of the subjects generate a dynamism of vision within each painting and an intimate relationship between one work and another.
The work from which the project starts is a painting from 2017, Approach, in which Unwin paints two people suspended in a meeting; their contours blend, in part, with the landscape, which is thus shaped by perception.
The exploration of perceptions through colors, shapes and their combinations, the study of visual paths and emotional reactions, are combined with an interest in the different times and rhythms within the work. Through a process that moves from abstraction towards figuration, in which matter becomes a sign and figures emerge in color, Unwin creates images suspended in an indeterminate time and space. The artist herself defined looking at a work as an experience that is "physically felt and takes place, in a certain sense, always in the present".