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This artwork is from our Darker Minty group exhibition. This is a group exhibition exploring the complexities of the human experience. Working across various forms of painting and sculpture, these artists navigate identity, intimacy, personal struggle, and our relationships to natural and built environments. Their work is raw, visceral, evocative and mysterious, reflecting the spirit of Hobart’s infamous Dark Mofo festival. They share a focus on materiality - from oil and acrylic paint, to concrete, clay and steel - creating works that are highly tactile and reveal the physicality of their making. The human form is a recurring subject matter in these works, with depictions ranging from spectral to corporeal, whilst others explore the physical and emotional spaces we inhabit. Whether figurative or abstract, these works give expression to some of life’s most complex emotions and experiences.
Alberto Ferretti invents stories and characters inspired by his personal experiences, reflecting on his perceptions of emotion, movement and space. He is driven by the desire to connect with the people around him and explore the depths of human psychology. He paints what is left once a person, landscape, animal or spirit has passed us by, aiming to represent the essential essence of that character or scene.
Ferretti’s style is characterised by a thick impasto. This textural application of paint reveals his sculptural sensibilities, as does his simplified but bold approach to form. He utilises a subtlety of tone and colour to represent life as simply as possible. His distinctive elongated figures lack identifying features, and appear as anonymous, ghostly presences. Ferretti embraces this ambiguity, allowing us to project our own memories, emotions and encounters on the work.Artwork location: Hobart