SENSES AND MOVEMENTS
“From behind a virtual screen, Marti uses digital photography, painting and video to construct a scenic space which is boundless, like life itself. Her urgent creativity beats out its own expressive path. The outline of a man moves through 5 screens, setting before us the liturgy of his dance. Its a solemn, measured exercise with musical accompaniment, through which Francesca Marti allows us to approach the soul at the heart of everything.”
Manuel Romero, curator and art critic, Dancing in Full Flight, Madrid, 2006
“We move with sounds to any point in silence.” Francesca Marti
“In Senses Francesca Martí has used five vertical screens made of canvas, across which she has painted ample strokes and a wavy from in black. Seen as a series of strong signs, they seem to flat in space when viewed from a distance. In a perfectly executed video, she has cast a male dancer who, entering from one side, travels across the five screens in a solemn and measured way, performing to a musical composition especially created for the work. The dancer’s theatrical and arm movements, which seem to physically respond to the painted black brush-strokes, help create an exquisite figure. Through his mesmerising dance, he stimulates the same sense of serenity which we can sometimes feel when we are immersed in the music of a contemporary symphony. This video was shown under subdued light in a large space at The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, part of The National Museum of Tel Aviv, Israel.” Manuel Romero from the book Borders of Reality.
“Passion is the proof of man’s enthusiasm towards existence. It stimulates new projects and masterpieces, large or small, public or private. To have passion means to enrich life’s goals with a childlike glee, which can trigger notable evolution in the individual. What we are, what we become, is the result of endless choice, the origins of which should be passion itself. To claim back our identity and return to our inner nature: this is passion. Passion is contagious, it is a natural anti-depressant but it can also be seen as suffering, as revealed by the Latin root of the word. Not sterile pain so much as a difficult path towards change and renewal, the reassuring feeling of being alive with a purpose. In a society based on objectives and strategies, can art be simply reduced to an essence of passion? We believe so. Passion plays a major role in the work of Francesca Marti. This is why we exhibited Francesca’s work in our galleries in Trieste and Rome, to formulate what has eventually led to a collaborative effort deriving from sharing the same interests and reflecting on an emotional bond. True passions overlap and respond to eachother: they are embraced by all people involved in the broader art world, producing a virtuous circle which itself reactivates extra passion.”
Cristina Lipanje, Marco Puntin, directors at LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste, Italy. 2010 Excerpt from Francesca Marti’s book Borders of Reality.
Excerpt below from Painting the Soul (2006-2015), video, 7 minutes
“Painting the Soul is a recording of one of my art performances, with original music by English/Spanish composer Daniel Alzamora-Dickin. It is a staged short film of almost 7 minutes, creating drama within a white space. I use a paintbrush to cover the body of the classical dancer Sergio Exposito. As he dances, I trace his outline against a blank wall, which grows increasingly expressionistic. As I use more paint, Exposito splashes the backdrop of the space and imprints his body against the setting. You can see that his and my figures become superimposed and overlapped. The film is mostly in black-and-white, with traces of blood-red paint. Part of the symbolism is that as a female artist, I physically leave my mark on the male dancer.”
Francesca Marti, interview with Luca Curci for Liquid Cities Video Art Limousine Festival, New York, 2016