Cristina Zani

"Exposed to time and elements, simple in form, but rich in stories"

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Cristina's work is a reflection on the urban environment, its geometries and unique stories. The collection My Seoul is influenced by the contrast between antique and contemporary architecture of South Korea and reflects on Zani's personal experience of its cities. She describes her creative approach as like composing a story. Like Marco Polo of Invisible Cities, she borrows elements from the city’s landscape to visually describe it and subtly suggest it to the viewer.

The choice and juxtaposition of materials, shapes and colours echoes its sombre modern buildings intertwined with bright ancient wooden temples and vibrantly painted palaces. Like those buildings, Cristina's pieces show the vulnerability of materials when exposed to time and elements; the layers and colours that slowly transform with the passing of years. Simple in form, but rich in stories and complexities.