Josefina Maranzano’s project started from two ideas or again, with two situations or two facts: the first one, by her instinct which is a bit complex, towards things that are not clear, towards something that seems to exist but is not, and what she wants to relate.
The second one is duality. In the same way that our two cerebral hemispheres express this duality, which we could find contradictory or complementary, within our self and our spirit, must also have the same value.
Hence the title of her project: Janus: Roman deity, depicted with two faces, back to back, which are part of a single head; the god of beginnings and endings, of keys and doors.
It is from these ideas that she would set up a project with four components:
- Portraits constructed and deconstructed: several diptychs of portraits of people from her surroundings, beginning with herself. On one side a traditional portrait, on the other, pieces of the same face which are randomly mixed. An example from this idea: the canvas: "Phil constructs and deconstructs."
- The fusion of pieces of faces from various people. She uses different quarters, halves, thirds of men and women, and puts the two together. We can imagine all the possibilities of putting extraordinary people in one portrait: four well known musicians or two great poets (canvas: “All this Jazz”,“El otro poeta”).
- The fusion of silhouettes of heads and other images inside it as if we could see what the person is thinking, what inhabits them. (In: "Still Clarity").
- Looking outwards, looking inwards: showing a face, a portrait and the brain of the same person with an image from a magnetic resonance. (MRI). This component shows the way to merge two worlds ("Echo Nadia and Tariq").
Josefina is self-taught and born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been working and living in Montreal since 2004. She has a background in medical sciences and shares her time between painting and exploring new techniques in visual arts and research in medical imaging.
If, as we know, that a cerebral hemisphere is responsible for logic and analytical thinking, and the other is responsible for our creative side, one could say, now that she has left the South to come to the North, she is trying to balance her hemispheres. Or should she say four?
The grand opening will be held on Sunday the 15th of November at 2 p.m.