top of page

The Ghiaccio Piccolo

Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis
Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis

The "Ghiaccio Piccolo" is a series of photographic impressions that invites you to observe what surrounds us with different eyes, letting yourself be guided by casual, almost inattentive attention.

 

The details caught out of the corner of the eye can open doors to fantastic worlds, trigger emotions or fears, or arouse a reflection on the beauty of those small things that often go unnoticed. The ice, to most, evokes polar or alpine scenarios that inspire fear or invite you to new challenges.

 

The ice shown and told in these artworks is small but no less fascinating. It draws faces, inlays objects, and sketches fantastic animals and monsters worthy of a medieval bestiary. Still, it tells compelling stories to those with eyes and ears to see and listen to.

From nature photography to artistic abstraction

What is fascinating is that there is no single story because each image is filtered by the individual's sensitivity, cultural references, and the moment's mood. To ideally close the circle, you can say that the "Small Ice" can suggest something about who we are the moment we observe it, and somehow it reflects us.

Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis
Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis
Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis
Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis
Fine abstract art, a photo by Enricomaria Mathis

From nature photography to artistic abstraction

Melania Barberis

When you think of ice, an extreme natural element, you imagine a monochrome color, an 'anticolor' that automatically recalls a feeling of frost and discomfort.

The artist/photographer Enricomaria Mathis takes a step further in seizing breathtaking and unique details even in desolate environments: winks of nature that often escape the human eye overwhelmed by the frenzy of our time. Furthermore, ice, by its very nature, is impermanent: it melts, transforms, and disappears. Being able to grasp his ephemeral and authentic representations constitutes a peculiar lyric.
The photographer's attention to the detail of natural creation fixes the eternity of an instant made of images, lights, and colors. Then, the artwork is studied and deepened to be printed on paper.

The visual action, created as in a painting by intertwined lines, colors, and, above all, light, restores the vibrations of nature to the public. Each visual fragment invites you to linger in search of the "Beyond," like Alice in her magical world. Because, as the artist shows us, every detail can suggest the eternal and offers small illuminations on the texture of the world that can lead to new sensations or reawake forgotten feelings.

Seeing these images as a whole leads the observer to grasp the movements of lines, shapes, and colors that show the natural truth created by water, offering a play of chiaroscuro that recalls abstract art.

You get lost in the photographs, caught by the lines and the playing of lights and colors. The viewer is allowed to enter the image and go beyond the patina of the paper, joining an exceptional and deep universe where they become the protagonists in their unique interpretation of the artwork.

Anchor 1
bottom of page