Die Vernichtung

by Matteo Bona Issue: Fall 2018

Artist's Statement

Nereide and Naturally Regained belong to the family of artwork of Portrait of an European Artist. This project wanted to express, and explain as well, the complex ambiguity of the human shape, especially when it’s related with the thought’s structure. Comprehending the reality with a formal, phenomenological approach needs to show how the process itself could be inaccurate and aleatory. Nereide, or rather one of Poseidon’s nymphs, conceived as an abstract structure of the figure itself, represent the mutation of the beauty into tragedy, especially if we consider the Greek-Calabrian adaptation instead the mythological description written by Hesiod. The pattern in both the artworks represents how the change, considered like an addition to the immanent meaning of the figure, can completely mute or overrule the whole under-meaning of the artworks: the thin, indiscernible borderline is visible in the moment when the fascism of beauty and the grotesque of the reality are combined in the same place, in this case a work of art.

Considering Naturally Regained, it could be said that this work deals with a necessity of aware regression, regression that gazes at that period of Mankind’s history when Nature wasn’t a sin or characterised in a negative sense. The man who dances is a tribal tribute to all the animist necessities of the contemporary human, human being tragically and strictly related to the modern lifestyles and with the actual necessities.



Matteo Bona

Matteo Bona was born on January 1st, 1997, in Asti (Piedmont, Italy). He studied at the Public Scientific High School Francesco Vercelli. Now he studies Foreign Languages and Modern Literatures at the Università del Piemonte Orientale. He published his first poem collection Beyond the Poetry during 2015 and Nothingness Sense during 2017. He received the Roma 3 Academic Prize “Apollo Dionisiaco” for the Unpublished Poem and the “Cesare Beccaria” Prize for Figurative Art, both during 2016. He will publish the Cesare Beccaria prizewinner artwork in the Garfield Lake Review (Spring Issue), paper journal of the Olivet College (Michigan State, USA).