Re-envisioning beauty through destruction, Nicola Samori takes classic paintings and distorts them through a variety of different disfiguring techniques. Many of the images involve canvases that have been burned leaving behind melted portions of a once complete portrait. The juxtaposition between ruination and pristine creates a piece of art that is compelling through the redemption of what would normally be regarded as completely destroyed.
The images in their original form are of a classical nature and definitely have an antiquated feel to them, the "renovated" forms of those illustrations appear to be somewhat updated through decay. Nicola Samori's work is enticing in that it encourages the audience to question what is beautiful, what is ruined and whether or not one can entail the other.
Purposefully Disfigured Portraits
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