I’m Vanessa Longo

Florence
Description

Performing as both artist and craftsman, I combine a method of quick-painting on copper plate with nailing on rescued wood tables to create female figures like goddesses of war.
My materials are all recycled. My sketches are born spontaneously and are then shaped. I work in two distinct phases – painting embodies the spontaneous, and I live this creative moment with great intensity. But the finished works are the realization of a complete project, and the preparation of the tables follows the outline of the original design.
My inspiration comes from animals and monsters of the fantastic realm, often from medieval bestiaries. I began my research in Italy, where one finds many links with the Middle Ages.

My compositions are emotionally dynamic: inside they breathe a medieval style; mythological and religious figures are paganized through beasts of Medieval imaginary realm: dragons, gargoyles.
In recent years my career has evolved in a different way, the women I represent are not set anymore against a foe, but they penetrate it: the results are figures with female bodies and animal heads. In the background, small insects invade the entire compositional space, complicating the relation between space and subject.
These insects are often drawn in stationary positions and are copied endlessly, as if they were made mechanically.

Both painter and sculptor, Vanessa Longo combines a quick-painting on a copper plate with nailing on wood panels to create female figures comparable to goddesses of war: “the sketches born spontaneously and ready to be shaped. I work in two distinct phases, the painting embodies spontaneity, and I live by instinct in a creative moment with great intensity.
“Paintings are the realization of a complete project, and the preparation of the table happens consciously through the outline of the design”.
Her compositions are emotionally dynamic: inside them, we breathe a medieval style; the mythological and religious figures are paganized through imaginary beasts: dragons and gargoyles, fishes and peacocks.