043 [ AMAZING ] Gabbiani presents a body of luminous and cinematic works on paper. The images are depictions of fiery landscapes and decadent interiors that create scenes that are dreamy and dangerous, sinister and disarming. Her current work explores memories that are frozen in time and space, creating brilliant moments of intensity. The idea of memory lies at the core of Gabbiani’s investigation. She is interested in creating a space that feels familiar yet uncanny; as though the viewer is visiting a new place he or she has already seen. Gabbiani’s landscapes portray billowing fires and blowing leaves. The colors are vibrant and charged with energy as nature is set in motion. Intricate borders surround the images like elegant frames, capturing the moment of a forest fire or windstorm. The artist works skilfully with the interplay between light and shadow, an interest that is also apparent in her detailed interiors, which appear to be candlelit. Her working methods are quite complex as layers of paper are intricately cut out and collaged on top of one another. This process is a breaking down of an image through color and then reconstructing that image through layering. These layers create a depth and perspective that is both painterly and sculptural. Gabbiani directs the material, colored paper, to have dramatic effects. She is constructing memory in the most literal sense, piecing together images that are full of desire and suspense. [ THE E YEWEAR ISSUE 2009 ]

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