THE EMPTY ROOM
SERVADIO – The Empty Room
Oil on Canvas
101 x 185 cm, 2021
Michele Servadio was born in Italy in 1986. He grew up in a small village in the Veneto countryside. Drawn to painting and drawing from an early age, Servadio attended the Art School in Padua and the University of Visual Arts in Venice. In 2007 he approached the world of tattoos, fascinated by its tradition and cultural phenomenon. He moved to London in 2010.
In his atelier in Hackney Wick, Servadio creates new projects which interconnect the different practices of tattooing, painting, printmaking, photography, and performance art. Merging these diciplines, feeding them back into one another, he creates a unique universe where he is able to explore and describe the human condition and his environment.
The aesthetics of his work is dark and melancholic; it embodies Folklore, expressionism, and the bleakness of a post-industrial scenario.
In 2014 he started to experiment with sound and tattooing. This gave birth to 'Body of Reverbs', a contemporary Ritual combining sound, pain, accupuncture and permanent marks on the body. Body of Reverbs has been presented in the form of live performances and instilations across the UK, Europe, Asia and America.
His artworks have been exhibited in England, Italy, and Germany.
Signed by the artist.
” We have had to relearn to perceive our private spaces – where we eat, where we sleep, where we relax. Somehow they have become all we have.
We reiterate our presence, we saturate ourselves in this confined space of our making, so familiar – yet it seems different. Like repeating a word over and over until it is no longer recognizable until it takes on a different sound.
In this painting, I have addressed this feeling of the room as both womb and cage. Here we are on the opposite side of the spectrum, compared to the Hastings Boudoir. Vertical lines. Calm. Dimmed light. Lots of blue.” Servadio
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