At the roots of Umberto Chiodi’s path is the strongest love for drawing, a peculiar taste for the line, and an obsessive attention to detail.
The gestural refinement of his style is inspired by the work of 19th century artists.
His aptitude for drawing has to do with writing, both in the calligraphic and literary sense.
His chosen creative “instruments” are the pen and ink on paper and the bistoury, which he uses to create carvings and collages. The “literary” meaning of his design refers to the imaginative power of poetry and his conflicted and secretive love for the Word, which becomes a symbol, an hermetism.
Through time Chiodi has experimented with different tools and media in order to deepen his understanding of his creative endeavour.
His aesthetic quest can be described as transformative and interpretative.
A reccurring theme is the resistance towards the machine made world; a contrast that is espressed through the juxtaposition of found materials with handmade practices.
Contributor Silvia Idili
Content Editor Annie Markitanis