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Lusus NaturaeBy Irene Raspollini

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US$ 1,480



Acrylic, Acrylic and gesso on canvas

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Dimensions: 70cm (H) x 70cm (W) x 3.7cm (D) / 27.6" (H) x 27.6" (W) x 1.5" (D)

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Artist Statement

"Lusus Naturae" is an expression used by scientists during the 16th-17th centuries to describe a phenomenon that didn't follow the Nature's rules. The expression wasn't used in a positive way: it evokes us something unsettling, distant and repulsive. Even the modern use of the term ("Freak of nature") has negative implications. Nevertheless, this girl too could be described as a Lusus Naturae: she's an hybrid between a woman and a plant, from her head sprout many twigs which form a miniature forest that protects a quenchless flame. As a matter of facts, the 16th century's scholars considered fossils as a Lusus Naturae too, just because they couldn't collocate them with any known species.


Artist Profile

Born: 1982
Hometown: Scalvaia
Based in: Italy

Irene is a full time professional artist born in Siena, Italy, the 14th of August 1982. Self taught painter, she developed her skills during years of experimentation. Her collectable and immediately recognizable style of narrative portraiture, with rosy cheeks characters heavily influenced by pop culture and kitsch, recently caught the …


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