My name is Adriana Franza, I’m Italian and I live in Vienna. Most of my life I’ve lived in Sicily, a land rich in natural and architectural beauty and full of ancient culture. The importance these two components ( beauty and culture ) have for me, has been enhanced through classical studies and then with a degree in Architecture. The experience in studying Architecture, has opened my mind to the possibility of turning an abstract concept into a concrete object. And this translation is accomplished through the drawing.
When I paint, I translate my inner world (thoughts, interests and fears) in images. In these representations, I often use elements such as people, everyday life objects and trees. Inanimate objects attract me not because of their beauty or their appearance, but for their meaning as a metaphor. Each object has a function, and each function refers to a human need, not merely a material one. In fact, the most interesting aspect of reality is not its visible part, but what is implied or possible in it.
Consequently, in a painting two ornaments establish a love affair and this conveys the concept that everything is possible, even overcoming barriers that seem to be insurmountable. Other elements that recur in these paintings are certain aspects of Sicily. Sometimes they are buildings, sometimes certain features and grave expressions of the characters. In other paintings it appears water, which is intendednot only as an universal symbol of regeneration, but it also reminds of the sea, which is a key element in Sicilian people’s life.
A further“main character” is the tree, or some of its parts. II’m particularly interested in observing leaves as the main organs of trees, so that for me they are comparable to human eyesthe tools by which an individual makes first contact with the reality that surrounds him. The roots, instead, allow the tree to feeditself and keep fast its position beyond external events. They are also tactile organs, in contact with the darkest and deepest part of the earth. For people it means being in contact with the deepest part of their personality.
Beyond the variable elements, the substance of these paintings derives from a great interest in the Thought and in the Dream. Thinking and dreaming are two similar activities, perhaps they are even the same thing. And the translation of thoughts and dreams in new items is an instrument of self-knowledge and a kind of communication without words.