Ceramic wall/floor tiles
In the Euridice project, Giorgio Griffa continues his journey into the territories of the meaningful use of signs, an intimate, unique experiment in which he interacts with the intelligence of matter and explores its innermost structures.
The series created for CEDIT is strictly linked to the pictorial style and distinctive "graphic language" the artist has developed over his long career, also featuring his extremely subtle use of colour, the result of a relationship with the chromatic universe which, in Griffa's case, plays a major role in specifically identifying his works; the painted surfaces are geometrical reflections, linked by a relationship of mutual reliance and reciprocal interplay and attempting, not only with grace but also with lucid, intelligent obstinacy, to establish a balance between primary forms and space, managing to express, in the synthesis of this concise painterly language, the meaning of the work of art and of thought which transcends its time because it silently establishes itself within the web of history.
These are the concepts underlying Euridice, a dreamlike sequence, a blend of past and future, ancient and contemporary, which digs into the past, starting from the Orpheus myth, to emphasise the present's urgent need to find a sense of necessary depth, not just a "sudden flash of enlightenment" but an understanding achieved through passion and dedication.
As Griffa interprets it, Orpheus's journey into the underworld is a desperate attempt to explore the most mysterious part of the self, which cannot be grasped by rationality and disappears as soon as it is seen.
The artist's distinctive graphic signs appear on the ceramic slabs in the collection as the expressions of concentration and a desire for knowledge; since they represent only themselves, they encourage the viewer to accept the truth of which they are the bearers. Apparently simple, these signs are steeped in references of an extraordinary complexity, derived from the history of painting, including the memory of Stone Age paintings themselves: if "the past is not a father to be killed but a mother who gives nourishment", the poetics of this series of ceramic slabs aim not to reveal an absolute truth but to offer the subtlest of suggestions, almost a fragrance, in a work which is both partial and infinite.