Francesca Vivenza

  • Imagine a Conversation  (2014)
    cut-out collage: acrylics, old geological and geographical maps
    24 x 24 inches | 61 x 61 cm
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  • Of Facts and Fiction  (2005)
    cut-out collage: acrylics and geographical maps
    24 x 24 inches | 61 x 61 cm
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  • Embroidering the Target  (1995)
    threads on geological map
    24 x 24 inches | 61 x 61 cm
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  • Embroidering the Spiral  (1995)
    threads on geological map
    24 x 24 inches | 61 x 61 cm
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  • Imagine My House in the Storm  (2014)
    accordion artistís book: old geological maps, acrylics, paper
    15 x 64 inches | 38 x 163 cm
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  • Global Y(e)arning  (2002)
    box, outside: vintage wallpaper; box inside: physiographic map, shredded letters
    8 x 8 x 22 inches | 20 x 20 x 56 cm
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  • My House on the Sea  (2014)
    acrylic on canvas, gauze; wood, glass, hinges
    17 x 78 inches | 43 x 198 cm
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About the artist                        CV                        Exhibition History

Francesca Vivenza’s work focuses on the reclamation of the old and its transformation into the new. Vivenza addresses themes of travel as migration and displacement, and exploit her ambiguous relationship between English and Italian, Vivenza’s first language, as a reference in developing her work.

Vivenza’s philosophy is informed by the historical and geographical attributes of her culture. The Mediterranean Sea is and has been the basin of confluence and collision of  Southern Europe, North Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East.

Conceptually, Vivenza’s work describes dis-orientation. She questions the stability of taken-for-granted sites of personal identity as home, nation and native language. Thus her works offer a visual equation of the contradictory nature of human desire: the struggle between affirmation and negation, assimilation and marginality, complicity and escape.