Self Portrait with Venus

Self Portrait with Venus is one of four video works by Francesca Fini in the Su Misura collection, which explores the concept of contemporary identity by combining digital image-making and manipulation with historic portraiture. This piece examines both portraiture and self-portraiture.

In this work, the famous oil painting Triumph of the Marine Venus, by Sebastiano Ricci (1659 - 1734), is transformed into polygonal warps, thanks to a process of patient and digital weaving work. The analogical nature of the original source image acquires the immortality and multiplicity of infinite vectorial resolution and digital reproducibility.

Fini then applied the same procedure to the manipulation of her own image: “suddenly a self-portrait becomes a self-destruction process, where it is the hand of the portrayed that deforms and warps the final artwork, sadistically pulling away vectors and edges.”

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